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          A Gubernatorial Candidate’s Disturbing Ties To Linda Sarsour      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

On August 7, Michigan’s citizens will be going to their polling booths to vote in gubernatorial primaries. Attorney General Bill Schuette and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley are vying for the GOP ticket. Democratic candidates have whittled to three; former state Senate leader Gretchen Whitmer, business executive Shri Thanedar and former state health official Abdul El-Sayed.

When he first threw his hat in for contention, El-Sayed, who is Muslim and whose father is Egyptian, was a dark horse who trailed both the front runner Whitmer as well as Thanedar. However, as reported by the left-wing Intercept, at least one recent poll has him now surpassing Thanedar and within striking distance of Whitmer (other polls still have him lagging).

This should be a source of concern for centrist Democrats, those who cherish free-enterprise as well as those who value the continuation of the strong alliance between Israel and U.S. When it comes to El-Sayed, two age-old adages come to mind; “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” and “A man can be judged by the company he keeps.”

On paper, El-Sayed has an impressive resume – he’s a doctor, Rhodes Scholar, and former director of the Detroit Health Department – and appears qualified for the job. But there’s more to being a state’s top executive than impressive credentials. Looking beyond the cover, El-Sayed is a member of the regressive hard Left and has Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez squarely in his corner.  In fact, the Democratic Socialist duo has been actively campaigning on his behalf.

But it gets worse, much worse. El-Sayed also maintains close ties to the foul-mouthed racist Linda Sarsour and that says a lot about what kind of person El-Sayed is. El-Sayed is a sly fellow and has been careful to steer clear of the Arab-Israeli dispute so as not to overtly alienate an important constituency. In at least one instance, El-Sayed punted when asked an unsolicited question on the Mideast; “I’m running for governor of Michigan,” he answered.

But his association with Sarsour should raise alarm bells. Sarsour is an anti-Semite to her core and is on record making a number of disparaging comments about the “Jewish media,” Zionism and Israel. She infamously tweeted that there is “nothing creepier than Zionism,” and absurdly asserted that Zionism and feminism are incompatible. Yet Sarsour, in a number of twitter posts, ironically championed Saudi-style Sharia law, which subjugates women and imposes on them institutional second class citizenship. 

Sarsour, who touts herself to be a leading women’s rights activist, is in actuality, anything but. She infamously lashed out at two leading female critics and noted on social media that she “wish[ed]…to take their vaginas away.” One of the victims of Sarsour’s invective was herself a victim of female genital mutilation. Sarsour later scrubbed the vulgar tweet as well as others in an attempt to rehabilitate her image but her obscenities continued unabated.

Last year, Sarsour voiced support for Assata Shakur, a murderer who killed a New Jersey state trooper in a 1973 shootout. That asinine support prompted pushback and criticism from CNN’s Jake Tapper. The thinned-skinned Sarsour then bizarrely accused Tapper of being a member of the “alt-right.”

Sarsour’s unhinged demeanor showed no signs of let-up. On November 29, 2017 Sarsour blamed the “Jewish media” for fostering negative views about her. But perhaps most disconcerting is her unabashed support for the unrepentant Judeophobe, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

There was a time when any association with Farrakhan, even among Democrats, would be the death knell of any political career beyond the confines of garbage collector. In 2005 for example, a smiling Barack Obama was photographed with Farrakhan but the photo was deep-sixed and never saw the light of day until two years after the completion of his two terms. But the Democratic Party of today, with the Jeremy Corbyn-like influence of the Democratic Socialists, has been transformed into a vastly different party, one in which antisemitism has been mainstreamed. 

Aspiring Democratic politicians like El-Sayed no longer shy away from toxic bigots like Sarsour. Sadly, they embrace them. On August 7, Michigan’s Democratic primary voters will have a chance to reject this malign influence and partly reverse the Democratic Party’s noxious trajectory.      


          CA Court Gets Tougher On Anti-Jewish Campus Hate      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Los Angeles city prosecutor Spencer Hart, who is reviewing the belligerent shutdown of a Students Supporting Israel panel at the University of California-Los Angeles on May 17, 2018, has requested additional investigative materials from the UCLA Police, according to a prosecution source. The request on Case 18-1206 was transmitted to UCLA campus Detective Selby Arsena, who assembled the original investigative package submitted to Los Angeles Pacific Branch prosecutors in mid-July.

The request was seen as an indication that LA prosecutors are taking the case seriously and undertaking a thorough review. No timeline for a decision could be identified, prosecution sources say, because prosecutor Hart, who is second in command at the Pacific Branch, not only handles his own substantial caseload but as the assistant supervising attorney, he also oversees the caseloads of other prosecutors. However, since a one-year statute of limitations applies, investigative sources envision a decision on the prosecution by year’s end.

In the now well-known case, Students Supporting Israel gathered in a UCLA function room on May 17, 2018, for a panel discussion titled Indigenous Peoples Unite. Disrupters—suddenly and loudly—stormed into the room mid-session. One person tore down the students’ flag, demonstratively pulled away a desk placard, and cursed threateningly close to the face of a panelist. With bullhorns, whistles staged dancing, and slogan shouting, the event was shut down. The disruption and nose-to-nose intimidation of the students attending the SSI event was documented in a video, beginning at minute 41. 

After media revelations about UCLA’s initial inaction, two Jewish groups stepped up—the Louis D. Brandeis Center, headed by constitutional attorney Alyza Lewin, and the StandWithUs Saidoff Legal Department, headed by attorney Yael Lerman. The Washington-based Brandeis Center flew its attorney, Aviva Vogelstein, to LA. Together, Lerman and Vogelstein personally escorted numerous students as well as one member of the community into the UCLA police department, where they all filed formal complaints. These resulted in a formal referral of the incident to city prosecutors. 

The failure of UCLA to act swiftly and transparently has been viewed by the larger Jewish and pro-Israel community as symptomatic of academic administrations across the nation that has allowed anti-Jewish and anti-Israel agitation to flourish and escalate to violence. 

UCLA spokesman Tad Tamberg repeatedly declined to respond to questions, and his office has also instructed the UCLA police to not respond to questions by this reporter. 

More than a few have compared the intensifying intimidation on campus to something approaching Brownshirt tactics in 1932, just before Hitler came to power. Nazi storm troopers would violently break up Jewish and anti-fascist meetings. 

In an August 2, 2018 letter to prosecutor Hart, the Coalition for Jewish Values, representing some 1,000 conservative and orthodox rabbis, urged prosecution of the UCLA disrupters citing verisimilitude to the “Nazi Party in Germany and its Sturmabteilung (SA), the stormtroopers or brownshirts.” 

Facing university inaction across the nation, Jewish and pro-Israel groups have turned to the criminal code. Several organizations are preparing students and community members on other campuses to call 911 to initiate police investigations for referral to prosecutors. 

Headlines were recently made at Stanford University when third-year student and former student senator Hamzeh Daoud, hired as a dorm residential advisor, issued the following Facebook warning: “I'm gonna physically fight Zionists on campus next year if someone comes at me with their ‘Israel is democracy bullshit’ : ) and after I abolish your ass I’ll go ahead and work every day for the rest of my life to abolish your petty ass ethnosupremacist settler-colonial state.” In a Twitter post, Daoud reportedly wrote, "fuck your liberal Zionist ass. fuck your Jewish state … Israel is a state that needs to be dismantled. Any other opinion is complicity." 

The Brandeis Center has been at the vanguard of the criminal referrals at UCLA and was quick to spring into action. Writing to Stanford president August Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Brandeis president Alyza Lewin insisted the threat was “so severe as to potentially violate … Title 11.5 of the California Penal Code, §422, ‘Punishment for threats’ [which] states: Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, with the specific intent that the statement, made verbally, in writing, or by means of an electronic communication device, is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out … shall be punished by imprisonment … not to exceed one year.”

Likewise, the ZOA demanded, “Daoud’s actions be reported to law enforcement for possible criminal prosecution.”

The Israel Group, headed by Jack Saltzberg, went further and directly petitioned Santa Clara District Attorney Jeffrey F. Rosen to commence prosecution under the same 422 penal code statute known as the “Threat Law,” and to add a second count under 422.55, California’s “Hate Crime” statute. “Mr. Daoud’s threat is exacerbated by his being employed by Stanford on the campus as a Residential Assistant,” Saltzberg wrote. In an interview, Saltzberg said his group was bypassing the police and going directly to prosecutors because Stanford students “are not willing to file a complaint. Most are afraid to even go on record using their name regarding their thoughts.” The Israel Group has located just one student who “may be willing to file a complaint,” but the individual is still “undecided.” 

On July 31, 2018, the Pennsylvania law firm of Marcus & Auerbach wrote to Stanford on behalf of a student “client [who] wishes to remain anonymous out of concern for his/her physical safety.” The firm demanded Stanford take action against Daoud.

Other organizations, such as StandWithUs, are already arranging for students at various campuses who have been intimidated to walk into police stations and file complaints. 

Seeking a national “911 on campus” strategy against intimidation, the Brandeis Center is now assembling a catalog of relevant criminal statutes in all fifty states, to be itemized in a handy guide to be distributed to students nationwide. 

As students prepare for the fall, many organizations have decided to draw a line in the sand at the May 17 UCLA incident.

Edwin Black is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of IBM and the Holocaust and Financing the Flames.  


          Labour-Style Anti-Semitism Takes over the Democratic Party      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In 2010, Britain’s current Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, hosted an event which facilitated a tour for a shadowy group called the “International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.” The entire event was predicated on Holocaust revisionism, and revolting comparisons between Israel and the Nazis. During the course of the event, one of the speakers likened Israel’s defensive measures in the Gaza Strip to the Nazi treatment of Jews in the Holocaust. Such outrageous comparisons amount to nothing short of Holocaust denial, yet Corbyn, who was a relatively obscure member of parliament at the time, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the rancid speaker.

Eight years later, Corbyn, who is facing increasing criticism for failing to address mounting anti-Semitism within his party, apologized. “I apologize for the concerns and anxiety that this has caused,” he said. Corbyn’s faux expression of contrition, eight years after the fact, is a case of too little, too late. 

Corbyn, who likes to pal around with terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, is an anti-Semite to his core and his Labour Party has taken its cues from him. In the last week alone, there were at least three reported incidents of overt anti-Semitism from Labour officials with close ties to Corbyn. 

Damien Enticott, a lawmaker in Bognor Regis, a town on England’s southern coast and a member of the Labour Party shared a Facebook post accusing Jews of drinking blood and engaging in pedophilia. He initially denied sharing the post but then acknowledged doing so due to “frustration at seeing unarmed civilians being shot by Israeli soldiers.”

At a Labour Party meeting, Peter Willsman, a senior party member was recorded telling committee members that allegations of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party were orchestrated by “Jewish Trump fanatics,” who manipulated and “falsif[ied] social media very easily.”

Mary Bain Lockhart, a councilwoman for the Scottish Labour Party intimated in a Facebook post that Jewish UK media publications were working with Israel’s Mossad intelligence arm to undermine Labour. She went on to accuse Israel of being a “racist state.”

No doubt the conspiracy-prone, terrorist sympathizing Corbyn agreed with these sentiments, and judging by past Labour Party member transgressions, there will likely be little repercussion. Conversely, Jewish Labour Party officials who have spoken out against anti-Semitism within their Party, now face disciplinary action. Such is the Kafkaesque state of affairs in the UK’s Labour Party.

Across the Atlantic there are ominous signs that Labour style anti-Semitism is seeping into and infecting the Democratic Party. There was a time when an appearance with the rabidly anti-Semitic Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan would be the death knell for anyone seeking political office beyond the local level. But today, the vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, Keith Ellison, is a man who has openly associated with Farrakhan. Ellison now claims to reject Farrakhan but strangely, keeps having fortuitous encounters with him and his supporters. Ellison also entertained numerous anti-Semitic calumnies including a claim, regurgitated with banal regularity by right and left-wing anti-Semites, that Israel controls U.S. foreign policies. Even the left-wing Anti-Defamation League noted that Ellison’s comments evoke “the specter of age-old stereotypes about Jewish control of our government.” But these and other comments and actions by Ellison did not prevent him from nearing the top of the Democratic Party and that speaks volumes about the toxic trajectory of the Party.

The rise of so called “Democratic Socialism” of the type championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.) should be cause for concern for centrist democrats. The Democratic Socialist platform calls for the abolishment of ICE, borders, prisons and profits. They advocate single payer healthcare, tuition-free college and slashing the defense budget while raising taxes to levels associated with dysfunctional socialist countries. With respect to foreign policy matters, Democratic Socialists favor cutting military ties to Israel and advocate for the so-called Palestinian “Right of Return,” a euphemism for flooding Israel with millions of hostile Palestinians thereby diluting Israel of its Jewish majority, which would effectively spell the destruction of Israel. In fact, Sanders recently hinted his support for such a diabolical scheme.

Sanders himself is pandering to Linda Sarsour, a self-described “social media expert” and “Women’s March” organizer. Sarsour is a toxic individual whose unhinged anti-Semitic views rival those of her British Labour cohorts across the Atlantic. She has also spoken fondly of Farrakhan.  Yet this has not deterred prominent Democrats, including possible presidential candidates, from pandering to her. Last year, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) showered her with praise and refused to backtrack even when confronted with incontrovertible evidence of Sarsour’s vile Judeophobia. To further ingratiate herself with Sarsour and her anti-Israel allies, Gillibrand withdrew her support for an anti-BDS bill that enjoyed wide bipartisan support.

The unexpected meteoric rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who beat 10-term Queens Rep. Joe Crowley, should also raise alarm bells. The self-described Democratic Socialist, who in an interview acknowledged knowing little about Israel, nevertheless criticized the Jewish State for undertaking defensive measures to protect itself from terror attacks emanating from Gaza. Soon after, Ocasio-Cortez gravitated toward the rancid Sarsour. The two were featured speakers at the 16th Annual Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA) held on July 29, 2018 and were seen pictured together.

Democrats, who have been quick to accuse President Donald Trump of doing little to address anti-Semitism, have themselves deliberately stymied efforts, spearheaded by Trump, to combat Judeophobia. For months, Democrats held up the Trump’s nomination of Kenneth Marcus as assistant secretary of education for civil rights; this despite the fact that Marcus’ appointment garnered the endorsement of some 60 prominent civil and human rights groups, including the left-leaning ADL. 

Marcus, who headed the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and served under past administrations was also a tireless fighter against anti-Semitism and spoke out against the malign influence and tactics employed by pernicious student groups, like Students for Justice in Palestine, whose sole aim is to attack and delegitimize Israel and its supporters. Often, these groups employ tactics that create hostile environments for Jewish students and deny their basic right to assemble and engage in free speech.

Ultimately, Marcus was confirmed by the Senate but without a single Democratic vote. That speaks volumes about the Democratic Party and the toxic path it has chosen for itself. We are witnessing the final death pangs of the Democratic Party as we once remembered it and the extinction of the socially progressive, pro-free enterprise, pro-Israel, centrist Democrat.


          'Iron Dome' interceptet 1 of 2 Missiles, Israel, August 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
close call.
          Oro de Chemtai, niñera keniana que se quedó en Israel por amor      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Five-Day War: Analyst on US Role in Georgia's 2008 Invasion of South Ossetia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Georgia's invasion of South Ossetia on August 8, 2008 still prompts a lot of controversy, Israeli political analyst Avigdor Eskin told Sputnik, explaining why Tbilisi's potential admission to NATO does not play into the country's hands.
          Italy's Most Prominent Ancient Astronaut Theorist Asks Whether Jews Planned the Holocaust as a "Passport" to the Creation of Israel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
​I will start today with a short update about To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science and the so-called “alien” metamaterials that they have allegedly been examining. In an interview with MJ Banias of Mysterious Universe last weekend, To the Stars VP Hal Puthoff, who is also the head of Earth Tech, attempted to rebut criticism of the two companies’ agreement to work together to analyze the metals. Puthoff called it a “straightforward contractual relationship,&rdquo [...]
          Swedish activists sent home after being arrested by Israel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A group of seven Swedish citizens are on their way home after being arrested while aboard an activist boat attempting to breach the blockade of Gaza.
          La Oficina de la ONU urge a Israel a permitir la entrada de combustible en Gaza      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
"Restringir la entrada de combustible de emergencia a Gaza es una práctica peligrosa, con graves consecuencias para los derechos de las personas", declaró el coordinador humanitario de OCHA, Jamie McGoldrick, sobre las limitaciones impuestas recientemente por Israel.
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Read CNN's Fast Facts about Israel.
          SVETA_1950: 7 ошибок, которые могут превратить полезный чай в опасное зелье      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Чай — один из самых любимых напитков в мире. О его пользе много говорят и пишут, поэтому большинство из нас уверено, что он однозначно полезен. Но, оказывается, существует немало нюансов, при которых даже такой безобидный напиток становится крайне опасным для здоровья.

 

AdMe.ru рассказывает о самых распространенных ошибках, которые нужно исключить, чтобы полезный напиток не превратился в опасное зелье.

Ошибка 1. Выбирать чай со вкусом цитрусовых

В 2013 году в Journal of Toxicology было опубликовано исследованиеоб изучении 30 различных видов чая на токсичность. Во всех образцах ученые обнаружили опасно высокое содержание свинца, а в некоторых еще и алюминия. Эти металлы увеличивают риск возникновения заболеваний сердца, почек и репродуктивной системы.

В 2015 году исследование проводил Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, расширив уже полученные данные. Как оказалось, чай из пакетиков со вкусом цитрусовых содержит в себе в 10‒70 раз больше алюминия, кадмия и свинца, чем его неароматизированные «коллеги».

Ошибка 2. Покупать дешевые сорт

Исследование, опубликованное в 2013 году в Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, показало, что содержание фтора в недорогих чаях выше нормы более чем в 3 раза, это может грозить флюорозом зубов и артритом.

Стоит отметить, что дорогие сорта чая имеют менее высокий показатель содержания фтора. В таких чаях меньше опасного вещества из-за технологии выращивания, сбора и обработки листьев: они проводятся с соблюдением строгих норм и регламентов.

Ошибка 3. Пить травяной чай беременным женщинам

В ноябре 2015 года журнал Food Chemistry проанализировал 44 образца травяных чаев, предназначенных для младенцев, беременных и кормящих мам. Исследование показало, что 86 % дали положительный результат в тесте на присутствие токсинов, которые вызывают поражение печени.

Ошибка 4. Пить слишком горячий чай

Британский отоларинголог Генри Шарп (Henry Sharpe) считает, чтообжигающе горячий чай может плохо сказаться на сосудах носоглотки.Пар из чашки заставляет их расширяться и нередко провоцирует носовые кровотечения.

Нормальная температура для напитка — 50–60 °С. Чтобы достичь оптимальной температуры, чашке со свежезаваренным чаем нужно постоять 5–7 минут.

Ошибка 5. Заваривать крепкий чай

The New England Journal of Medicine опубликовал истории нескольких пациентов, которые пострадали от привычки пить крепко заваренный напиток. Впечатляет случай 47-летней женщины: на протяжении 17 лет она ежедневно пила чай, заваренный из 100–150 пакетиков. За небольшой срок она лишилась практически всех зубов, а ее кости стали хрупкими.

Это случилось из-за накопления в костях фтора, поступавшего из крепкого чая. Диетологи рекомендуют употреблять не более 4–5 чашек в день.

Ошибка 6. Пить чай сразу после еды

Исследования, которые проводились в Калифорнийском университете в 2011 году, доказали, что чай «связывает» поступившее с пищей железо и значительно ухудшает его поглощение организмом.

Если пить чай после еды, можно «допиться» до железистого дефицита, что влечет за собой неприятные последствия: ухудшение состояния кожи, волос. Медики утверждают, что до чаепития должно пройти хотя бы 20 минут.

Ошибка 7. Пить чай перед сном

Виноваты в этом кофеин и ароматические вещества, за которые мы, собственно, чай и любим. При употреблении бодрящего напитка пульс учащается, кровоток ускоряется, центральная нервная система и головной мозг приходят в возбуждение. Утром или во время работы чай — просто находка. А вот вечером употребление бодрящего напитка может перебить вам весь сон.

Сколько вредных привычек вы насчитали у себя?


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          Senate passes $38 billion to Israel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
https://israelpalestinenews.org/senate-passes-38-billion-to-israel-next-step-house-of-representatives/ The Senate yesterday passed a bill to give Israel $38 billion over the next 10 years. The legislation, heavily promoted by AIPAC, was adopted in a voice vote. The bill is “S.2497 – United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018.” This amounts to approximately $23,000 for each Jewish Israeli family of four. The bill also mandates that […]
          Israel: Mehrere Verletzte bei Raketenangriffen an Gaza-Grenze      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dutzende Geschosse sind aus dem Gazastreifen auf die israelische Stadt Sderot abgefeuert worden, mindestens drei Menschen wurden verletzt. Die Reaktion der Armee ließ nicht lange auf sich warten.
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Jerusalem, Aug 9 (IANS) Israel attacked a Hamas post in Gaza on Wednesday after gunshots from the besieged enclave hit an Israeli bulldozer near the Gaza border, the Israeli army said.

A military spokesperson said militants from Gaza fired shots at civilians engaged in the construction of another barrier along the separation fence near the northern Gaza Strip, hitting an engineering bulldozer, Xinhua news agency reported.

No injuries were reported, the spokesperson added.

Palestinian media reported that Israel fired smoke shells, apparently intended to create a smoke screen, to evacuate the workers.

The incident came hours after Israel raised the level of alert along the fence separating between Israel and Gaza after Hamas vowed to revenge Israel's killing of its two operatives a day before.

The Israeli military warned on Wednesday that it "will not tolerate any aggression against Israeli civilians or Israel Defense Forces soldiers, and is prepared for a wide variety of scenarios."

The Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Gaza over a cease-fire began last week but have yet to reach any agreements.

--IANS

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          Alice “Linda” Clingan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Alice “Linda” Clingan, 85, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Friday, August 3, 2018 in Jonesville. She was born Friday, November 4, 1932 in Utility to the union of her parents, Houston O. Boyd, Sr. and Martha Oneal Boyd. Linda was a resident of Jonesville, a lifelong member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and retired from the Catahoula Parish School System as a lunchroom worker at Block High School. She was an avid gardener, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who loved to cook for her family and friends. Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, August 6, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in the Sandy Lake Community with the Revs. Mickey Hudnall, Dustin Robertson, and David Richmond officiating. Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery at Rhinehart under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Curtis Doughty; grandson, Israel Boothe; four brothers, Lloyd Boyd, H. O. Boyd, Jr., A. D. Boyd, and Joe Boyd; and two sisters, Doris Hennigan and Olivia Boyd Wiley. Survivors include her husband, Willie “Bud” Clingan of Jonesville; two sons, Michael Doughty and wife Eileen of Jena, and Ernie Clingan and wife Lisa of Gonzales; three daughters, Janet Doughty Sanson and husband Alvin of Jonesville, Amy Doughty Westbrooks and husband Leroy of Jena, and Julie Clingan McCarthy and husband Stevie of Jonesville; brother, Billy Boyd and wife Helen of Jonesville; two sisters, Mary Wanda Boyd Wiggins, and Thelma Boyd Creel and husband Larry, all of Jonesville; two sisters-in-law, Corrine Morris Boyd of Jonesville, and Sarah Brown Boyd of Minden; fourteen grandchildren, Shane Boothe, Rebecca Boothe, Jennifer Doughty Perry, Dana Boothe Skinner, Mikey Doughty, Christopher McCarthy, Alison McCarthy, Katie Clingan, Emily Clingan, Bobby White, Alice Sanson, Shana Westbrooks Deville, Chelsa Westbrooks McCormick and Mark Borden; 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren Pallbearers were Mikey Doughty, Caleb Doughty, Robert Lee Wiggins, Bobby Creel, Bubba Wilson and Clifford Boyd.

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Humanae Vitae, camino de santidad

Cardenal Robert Sarah

Prefecto de la Congregación para el Culto Divino y la Disciplina de los Sacramentos

Abadía de Santa Ana de Kergonan - 4 de agosto de 2018, En  el 50 aniversario de Humanae Vitae

 

Introducción

Hace exactamente 50 años, el Papa Pablo VI firmó su última y más importante Carta Encíclica, Humanae Vitae. Era el 25 de julio de 1968. Si situamos esta enseñanza del Beato Pablo VI en su contexto histórico, medimos qué coraje, qué gran fe en Dios y qué docilidad al Espíritu Santo, le tomó al Papa atreverse a tal acto. Mientras muchos teólogos, e incluso a veces incluso obispos lo instaban a poner a la Iglesia a raya del mundo y los medios, el Papa insistió en que la Iglesia no puede enseñar nada más que lo que ha recibido de la Iglesia. Cristo: la verdad revelada, que es el único camino de felicidad y santidad para los hombres. [1]

Entonces, a pesar de la tormenta que Humanae Vitae ha causado, podemos ver por nosotros mismos lo poderoso que estuvo presente el Espíritu Santo y con el apoyo de la función de Pedro: en medio de un mundo esclavizado y dominado por la perversión de la revolución sexual, abandonada y aislada por muchos cardenales, obispos y teólogos Pedro estaba solo y Pedro se mantuvo fuerte. Pablo VI no solo reafirmó la doctrina histórica y apostólica, sino que fue sobre todo inmensamente profético. Cincuenta años después de su publicación, esta enseñanza magisterial no solo revela su verdad inmutable, sino que también revela la clarividencia con la que se enfrentó el problema.

"También existe la preocupación de que el hombre que se acostumbra al uso de las prácticas anticonceptivas, eventualmente perderá el respeto a la mujer y, sin preocuparse por el equilibrio físico y psicológico de la misma, llegue a considerarla como un mero instrumento de disfrute egoísta, y ya no como su respetada y amada compañera.» (HV 17)

"No se necesita mucha experiencia para conocer la debilidad humana y comprender que los hombres -los jóvenes, especialmente, tan vulnerables en este punto- necesitan ser alentados para ser fieles a la ley moral, y que no se les debe ofrecer un medio fácil para evitar su observancia.» (HV 17)

"Pensemos también en el arma peligrosa que se pondría en manos de las autoridades públicas con poca preocupación por los requisitos morales". ¿Quién podrá culpar a un gobierno por aplicar a la solución de problemas comunitarios lo que se les permitiría a los cónyuges resolver un problema familiar? ¿Quién impedirá que los gobernantes favorezcan e incluso impongan a sus pueblos, si lo estiman necesario, el método anticonceptivo que estiman más efectivo? Y así los hombres, al querer evitar las dificultades individuales, familiares o sociales que nos encontramos en la observación de la ley divina, lograría dejar a la merced de la intervención de las autoridades públicas el sector más personal y el más reservado de intimidad conyugal» (HV 17)

 Pablo VI no pudo callar, la gracia del sucesor de Pedro le dio coraje para hablar con claridad y firmeza. No pudo hacer otra cosa porque se trata de Apocalipsis, el mensaje de Cristo. No podía callar porque lo que está en juego en la encíclica Humanae Vitae es, ni más ni menos, la santidad de las parejas cristianas.

I - Lucidez profética

Al resistir los medios y la presión mundana, Pablo VI realizó un acto profético. No solo porque, de alguna manera, anticipó los descubrimientos científicos más recientes sobre la nocividad de los anticonceptivos químicos para la salud humana. Pero mucho más profundamente porque al traer la luz de Dios a la vida conyugal, ha resaltado un camino de santidad.

Hoy, me gustaría resaltar este aspecto de la encíclica Humanae Vitae, leyéndolo nuevamente en particular a la luz de los grandes textos de San Juan Pablo II, que son su interpretación auténtica. Debemos darnos cuenta de que Humanae Vitae no es solo un documento disciplinario, una simple condena de la anticoncepción; mucho más profundamente, Humanae Vitae es una invitación a la santidad conyugal, a una forma de vivir la vida de una pareja y la responsabilidad de los padres según el plan de Dios.

En esto, Pablo VI es realmente como un profeta que invita al Pueblo de Dios a la conversión. Él nos invita, él los invita, hogares cristianos, a la comunión con Dios.

II - Un error de perspectiva

 El rechazo de Humanae Vitae, la desconfianza de esta enseñanza a menudo proviene de un error de perspectiva. A menudo se oye decir: " la regla de la Iglesia es dura " o "la Iglesia carece de misericordia" o "la regla es imposible de observar en los hechos."

Como si Pablo VI, al condenar la anticoncepción, hubiera decidido arbitrariamente lo permitido y lo prohibido. Este es un error fundamental! Pablo VI no tuvo "un buen día" y decidió prohibir la anticoncepción, por puro capricho o deseo de imponer una opinión personal. Fue después de cuatro largos años de estudio, reflexión, consulta, lectura de documentos científicos de calidad sobre el tema, después de haber rezado y entregado por completo al Espíritu Santo, y movido por el agudo sentido de su grave responsabilidad como padre y pastor ante Dios, ante la Iglesia y ante la humanidad, absolutamente fiel a su fe católica y dócil al duradero magisterio de la Iglesia, que Pablo VI tomó la decisión de explicar las circunstancias y razones que le movieron a recordar la firme enseñanza de la Iglesia.

Esto es lo que él mismo dice al presentar la Encíclica Humanae Vitae a la audiencia general del 31 de julio de 1968.

"Este documento pontificio no es solo la declaración de una ley moral negativa, es decir, la prohibición de cualquier acto que pretenda imposibilitar la procreación (n.14), sino que es sobre todo la presentación positiva de la moral conyugal, en relación con su misión de amor y fertilidad "en la visión integral del hombre y su vocación natural y terrenal, pero también sobrenatural y eterna" (n.7).

Este documento sigue siendo la aclaración de un capítulo fundamental de la vida personal, conyugal, familiar y social del hombre; pero no es la declaración completa de todo lo que se relaciona con el ser humano en el campo del matrimonio, de la familia, de la honestidad de los modales, un dominio inmenso sobre el cual el magisterio de la Iglesia puede y probablemente regrese, con un propósito más amplio, orgánico y sintético. Esta encíclica responde a preguntas, dudas, tendencias, sobre las cuales, como sabemos, la discusión ha sido bastante amplia y animada, en los últimos tiempos, y a la que hemos estado muy interesados, por nuestra función pastoral y doctrinal. No vamos a hablar ahora de este documento, en primer lugar debido a la delicadeza y la gravedad de su propósito, que parece ir más allá de la simplicidad de este discurso semanal, porque seguramente, no falta y no faltarán publicaciones que estarán a disposición de quienes estén interesados en el problema desarrollado en la Encíclica (por ejemplo: G. Martelet, amor conyugal y renovación conciliar ).

Solo diremos algunas palabras, no en el documento en sí, sino en los sentimientos que fueron nuestros durante este largo período de preparación.

Sentido de la responsabilidad de aclarar la verdad un problema complejo, difícil y serio

Nuestro primer sentimiento fue el de Nuestra grave responsabilidad. Nos llevó al corazón del tema y nos tuvo inmerso durante los cuatro años necesarios para el estudio y desarrollo de esta encíclica. Y podemos afirmar que este sentimiento de Nuestra responsabilidad no nos ha hecho sufrir poco espiritualmente. Nunca, como en esta situación, sentimos el peso de Nuestra carga. Estudiamos, leímos, discutimos tanto como pudimos, y también rezamos mucho. Ciertas circunstancias relacionadas con este problema son conocidas por usted: debemos responder a la Iglesia, a toda la humanidad; debíamos evaluar, con el compromiso, y al mismo tiempo, la libertad, de nuestro deber apostólico, una tradición no solo secular, sino reciente, de nuestros tres predecesores inmediatos; Nos vimos obligados a hacer nuestra la enseñanza del Consejo que nosotros mismos, promulgamos; Nos inclinamos a dar la bienvenida, hasta el límite donde parecíamos poder ir, las conclusiones -aunque de carácter consultivo- de la comisión instituida por el Papa Juan XXIII y ampliado por nosotros mismos, sin perder de vista nuestro deber de prudencia; Sabíamos de las controversias suscitadas por este problema tan importante, con tanta pasión pero también con tanta autoridad; Percibimos las voces poderosas de la opinión pública y la prensa; Oímos las voces más débiles, pero más penetrantes para Nuestro corazón de padre y pastor, de tantas personas, especialmente mujeres respetables, ansiosas por este problema difícil y por su experiencia aún más difícil; Leemos los informes científicos sobre los alarmantes problemas demográficos del mundo, respaldados por estudios de expertos y programas gubernamentales; Recibimos publicaciones de todos lados, algunas inspiradas en el examen de ciertos aspectos científicos del problema, otras por consideraciones realistas de muchas situaciones sociológicas serias, o por aquellas, tan imperativas hoy, de mutaciones que impregnan todos los sectores de la vida moderna.

¿Cuántas veces no nos hemos sentido abrumados por esta acumulación de documentos, y cuántas veces, humanamente hablando, no hemos entendido la insuficiencia de Nuestra pobre persona, frente a la formidable obligación apostólica a tener que pronunciarse sobre este problema; Cuán a menudo no hemos temblado ante este dilema de fácil condescendencia con las opiniones actuales, o de una sentencia mal tolerada por la sociedad moderna, o que es arbitrariamente demasiado grave para la vida conyugal.

Hemos confiado en muchas consultas especiales de personas de alto valor moral, científico y pastoral; e invocando al Espíritu Santo, ponemos nuestra conciencia en un estado de disponibilidad total y libre a la voz de la verdad, se trata de interpretar la regla divina que vemos emerger de la exigencia intrínseca del auténtico amor humano de estructuras esenciales de la institución del matrimonio, de la dignidad personal de los cónyuges, de su misión al servicio de la vida, de la santidad del matrimonio cristiano; Reflexionamos sobre los elementos estables de la doctrina tradicional y actual de la Iglesia, luego especialmente sobre las enseñanzas del Concilio reciente; sopesamos las consecuencias de una u otra decisión, y no tenemos dudas sobre Nuestro deber de pronunciar Nuestra oración en los términos expresados por esta encíclica."

¡Sí! Disponibilidad a la voz de la verdad, fidelidad a la doctrina tradicional y actual de la Iglesia, y sumisión humilde y filial a Dios que nos revela la verdad del amor, del ser humano y el significado del matrimonio.

Queridos amigos, queridos cónyuges, si vosotros, como cristianos, rechazáis la anticoncepción, no es antes que nada " porque la Iglesia lo prohíbe ". Es más bien porque tú sabes a través de la enseñanza de la Iglesia que la anticoncepción es intrínsecamente malvada, es decir, que destruye la verdad del amor y la relación humana. Reduce a la mujer a ser un objeto de placer y disfrute siempre disponible en todo momento y en todas las circunstancias para el impulso sexual del hombre.

Eso me parece muy importante. El principio de la moral cristiana no es el respeto por un deber impuesto externamente y pasivamente sufrido, sino el amor al bien, a la verdad del ser.

Pablo VI por la encíclica Humanae Vitae primero buscó contemplar la verdad del ser humano sexuado y la pareja humana. Buscó descubrir el diseño que el Creador ha inscrito en la naturaleza del hombre y la mujer. Pablo VI buscó hacernos descubrir el bien hacia el cual esta naturaleza profunda nos hace esforzarnos. Él buscó hacernos desear el bien sobrenatural, es decir, la santidad a la que Dios llama a las parejas a través de su vida conyugal.

III - Una verdad según la razón y confirmada por Apocalipsis

 Debe resaltarse que esta verdad del amor humano es accesible a la razón humana. Juan Pablo II recordó y la afirmación de que "cualquier acto conyugal por sí mismo permanece abierto a la transmisión de la vida" (HV 11), describe la "verdad ontológica", la "estructura íntima," la "estructura real" [2] del acto conyugal, por lo tanto, es sobre todo una afirmación de acuerdo con la razón humana, accesible a todo hombre que busca la verdad" [3] .

Esta razonabilidad es el fundamento de la afirmación de Pablo VI y Juan Pablo II: "Los estándares morales de Humanae Vitae son parte de la ley natural. Todo hombre de buena voluntad puede sentir y descubrir que una actitud anticonceptiva es contraria a la verdad humana del amor conyugal " [4] .

Pero debemos ir mucho más allá. De hecho, San Juan Pablo II afirma firmemente que la norma moral formulada en Humanae Vitae es parte de la Revelación divina. Porque la Iglesia enseña este estándar a pesar de que no se expresa formalmente (es decir, literalmente) en las Sagradas Escrituras; lo hace en la creencia de que la interpretación de la ley natural es la competencia del Magisterio. Sin embargo, podemos decir más. Incluso si la norma moral, tal como está formulada en la Encíclica Humanae Vitae, No se encuentra, literalmente, en la Sagrada Escritura, sin embargo, debido a que está contenida en la tradición y - en las palabras de Pablo VI - que estaba "repetidamente expuesta a los fieles por el Magisterio (HV 12), se deduce que esta norma corresponde a la totalidad de la doctrina revelada contenida en las fuentes bíblicas (HV 4).

Tal afirmación es crucial para comprender el error de todos los que piden un "cambio de disciplina", de todos aquellos que dicen "la Iglesia es demasiado dura" o "la Iglesia debe adaptarse". A través de la Encíclica Humanae Vitae, la Iglesia solo transmite lo que ella recibió del mismo Dios. Ella no, nunca tendrá el poder de cambiar nada. La norma moral de Humanae Vitae "pertenece no solo a la ley moral natural, sino también al orden moral que Dios ha revelado: desde este punto de vista también, no podría ser diferente sino solo y solo según lo transmitido por el la Tradición y el Magisterio" [5] .

Por lo tanto, podemos decir que Dios mismo se ocupó de revelarnos los caminos de la felicidad y el bien para la pareja humana.

Aceptar la Humanae Vitae, no es solo una cuestión de sumisión y de obediencia al Papa, sino principalmente escuchar y acoger la Palabra de Dios, la amable revelación de lo que somos y de lo que tenemos que hacer para corresponder a su amor. La apuesta es, de hecho, la de nuestra vida teológica, de nuestra vida de relación con Dios. Cardenales, obispos y teólogos que rechazaron la Humanae Vitae e incitaron a los fieles a rebelarse contra la Encíclica, se opusieron, por tanto, deliberada y públicamente en contra de Dios mismo. Lo más grave es que invitaron a los fieles a oponerse a Dios.

IV - Tres errores

Estos recordatorios nos permitirán descartar tres errores sobre Humanae Vitae .

- El primer error es con los fieles y los cónyuges en particular. Algunos pueden sentir que la Iglesia les impone un peso insoportable, una carga demasiado pesada que afectaría su libertad.

Queridos amigos, ¡una idea así está mal! La Iglesia solo transmite la verdad recibida de Dios y conocida por la Razón. ¡Ahora, solo hay una verdad que hace libre! Queridos amigos, queridas parejas que viven de esta verdad, ¡debéis testificar a los demás! ¡vosotros también debéis ser profetas! Debe decirse que el rechazo de las prácticas anticonceptivas y la mentalidad libera a la pareja del peso del egoísmo. ¡Una vida según la verdad de la sexualidad humana libera el miedo! Libera las energías del amor, ¡la hace feliz ! ¡Tú que lo vives, dilo! ¡Escríbelo! Testifica! ¡Es vuestra misión de laicos! ¡La Iglesia cuenta contigo, te confía esta misión!

Por lo tanto, debe dar testimonio del hecho de que la encíclica Humanae Vitae no debería recibirse con una obediencia que sería solo material. Debe ser recibido con inteligencia y con el consentimiento del corazón. La inteligencia debe apropiarse de la verdad que se contempla y se revela. El corazón debe desear el bien propuesto a nuestro amor.

Recibir Humanae Vitae no significa, material y sistemáticamente, "tener muchos hijos". ¡No! Simplemente significa abrirse de manera generosa y amplia a la vida y recibir a tantos niños como su salud, su amor y sus medios lo permitan, en un profundo sentido de gratitud hacia Dios. Aceptar Humanae Vitaees es entrar en la naturaleza profunda del amor humano y, por lo tanto, participar en un enfoque de paternidad-maternidad responsable que, aunque rechaza cualquier práctica anticonceptiva, sabe cómo abrir a la pareja a una bienvenida generosa e inteligente de la vida, no a toda costa, sino de acuerdo con las capacidades de cada pareja. Sabiendo a veces, si las circunstancias justificadas lo requieren, espaciar los nacimientos utilizando la alternancia de los períodos de fertilidad. Siempre para proteger mejor el amor conyugal y familiar.

- El segundo error que debe evitarse es entre teólogos y moralistas. Me gustaría abordar aquí, con fuerza, las mismas palabras de Jesús: "¡Cuidado con los falsos profetas! Vienen a disfrazarlos como corderos, ¡pero por dentro son lobos rapaces! "(Mt 7, 15) 'Estas personas, dice St. Pablo, son falsos apóstoles, falsificadores, disfrazados de apóstoles de Cristo; nada sorprendente en esto: el mismo Satanás se camufla de ángel de luz... Pero su fin será conforme a sus obras "(2 Corintios 7: 13-15) Sí, cuidado con aquellos que les dicen que mientras la intención general de la pareja es correcta, las circunstancias podrían justificar la elección de los medios anticonceptivos. Queridos amigos, ¡esas palabras son mentiras! Y aquellos que os enseñan tales aberraciones "falsifican la Palabra de Dios" (2 Cor 4: 2). No hablan en el nombre de Dios. Hablan en contra de Dios y las enseñanzas de Jesús. Son como las serpientes ardientes del libro de Números, cuya mordida se destruye. No prestes atención a ninguna de sus palabras. Todos los que son mordidos por las serpientes de la confusión doctrinal y moral tienen que hacer solo una cosa: imitar al pueblo de Israel: corriendo hacia la salvación, mirando fijamente a la serpiente de bronce, Jesucristo, suspendido en el estandarte de la Cruz, para que permanezcan vivos (cf Nb 21, 4-9). ¡Sí, mira a Jesús, escúchalo y obedécele solo a Él! ¡Él es el único Maestro!

Cuando les decimos: hay situaciones concretas que pueden justificar el uso de anticonceptivos, ¡les mentimos! ¡Estás predicando una doctrina adulterada (cf. 2 Cor 2:17) ! ¡Además, eres herido porque te dicen un camino que no conduce ni a la felicidad ni a la santidad!

A este respecto, Juan Pablo II pudo decir que "cuando las situaciones concretas se oponen a lo que prescribe la ley moral, es porque en el fondo ya no creemos que la ley de Dios sea el único bien verdadero del hombre " [6] .

¿Cómo se puede afirmar que "en ciertas situaciones" una actitud que contradiga la verdad profunda del amor humano se haría buena o necesaria? ¡Es imposible! Sin embargo, "hay quienes se atreven a brindar soluciones deshonestas a estos problemas e incluso a quienes no se apartan del asesinato. Pero la Iglesia recuerda que no puede haber una contradicción real entre las leyes divinas que rigen la transmisión de la vida y las que promueven el amor conyugal auténtico (véase GS 51, §2). ¡Sí! La plenitud de la felicidad conyugal siempre implica el respeto por la naturaleza profunda de la sexualidad y, por lo tanto, su apertura a la vida. La anticoncepción es siempre un mal moral porque siempre destruye el amor de los cónyuges. ¡Les duele y les hace daño!

No puede haber conflicto de obligaciones aquí. El bien de la pareja siempre pasa por una vida según su naturaleza profunda, según su ser. "Las circunstancias o intenciones nunca pueden transformar un acto intrínsecamente deshonesto por su objeto en un acto" subjetivamente "honesto o defendible como una elección" [7] .

Por lo tanto, no hay ninguna situación en la que el estándar sea imposible de realizar. De hecho, esto implicaría que el Creador se contradice a sí mismo y nos pide que vayamos en contra de la orden sabia que Él mismo inscribió en la Creación.

Existe, dice Juan Pablo II, un fuerte desafío pastoral. "El hecho de que la ley debe ser una realización posible pertenece a la naturaleza misma de la ley (...) Que la norma es alcanzable pertenece al campo práctico y pastoral" [8]. Además, es incorrecto oponer la verdad de la ley a los logros prácticos contrarios. Uno nunca debe oponerse a la verdad pastoral y universal práctica de la ley moral. El cuidado pastoral concreto siempre busca los medios más apropiados para cumplir la educación universal, nunca derogarla.

Como dice San Juan Pablo II al hablar sobre anticoncepción "Ninguna circunstancia personal o social ha podido, puede y puede justificar tal acto" [9]. " No es una doctrina inventada por el hombre: ha sido inscrita por la mano creadora de Dios en la naturaleza misma de la persona humana y ha sido confirmada por él en revelación " [10] .

- El tercer error para evitar se encuentra en pastores: sacerdotes y obispos.

Queridos hermanos sacerdotes, a veces tratamos de hacernos sentir culpables al acusarnos de cargar a otros con la carga que no soportamos nosotros mismos. No se deje intimidar: obedezca a Dios en lugar de a los hombres. Si verdaderamente Humanae Vitae es la carta de una vida matrimonial conducida de acuerdo con la verdad profunda de la sexualidad humana, ¡entonces no impondremos ninguna carga! Por el contrario, al predicar Humanae Vitae, ¡anunciamos las buenas nuevas! ¡Anunciamos la santidad matrimonial! ¿Cómo podrían nuestros corazones de sacerdotes privar a las almas de esta forma real de santidad conyugal? ¿Cómo podríamos proponer una forma de santidad "con descuento", sin terminar? ¡No!

Como Pablo VI, "No menoscabar en nada la saludable doctrina de Cristo es una forma de caridad eminente hacia las almas" [11] y se dirigió a los obispos, el Beato Papa continúa: "El trabajo con ardor y sin descanso para la salvaguardia y la santidad del matrimonio, para que siempre se viva en toda su plenitud humana y cristiana, considera esta misión como una de tus responsabilidades más urgentes en el tiempo presente " [12] .

Queridos hermanos sacerdotes, proclamar las buenas nuevas del Evangelio sobre la sexualidad y el matrimonio es abrir a las parejas el camino hacia una vida feliz y santa. ¡Es nuestro deber como padres, guías, pastores!

Por nuestra parte, "los silencios, las incertidumbres o las ambigüedades a este respecto tienen el efecto de velar la verdad humana y cristiana del amor conyugal" [13]. Para el amor paternal a los cónyuges, para el celo misionero, para la generosidad en la evangelización, no temamos predicar y anunciar estas buenas nuevas. Aunque debemos sufrir ataques, desprecios, soledad y burlas, proclamemos la verdad del Evangelio. Pablo VI nos mostró por su encíclica un bello ejemplo de caridad pastoral, ¡no tengas miedo de imitarlo! Nuestro silencio sería cómplice y culpable. ¡No abandonemos a las parejas a las engañosas sirenas de la facilidad!Tened en cuenta también que nuestro celibato es una garantía de credibilidad. Si vivimos en la verdad la alegría de una vida entregada en total continencia por el reino de los cielos (cf. Mt 19, 12), podemos predicar la alegría de la vida conyugal dado en la fertilidad del responsable y la generosidad continencia periódica cuando sea necesario.

Por supuesto, la mayoría propone que nos fuerza la verdad más vamos a apoyar a las personas con "la paciencia y la bondad" [14], tal como el Señor que era intransigente con el mal y compasivo con la gente. "Pero la misericordia sin verdad n no existe porque Dios es la Verdad!

V - Un camino de santidad para las parejas

Si se descartan estos tres errores, podemos profundizar en cuál es el camino de santidad descrito por Humanae Vitae.

En primer lugar, me gustaría señalar que el fundamento de toda santidad es encontrar el amor de Dios. Pero el que ama quiere lo que quiere el amado. Amar a Dios es querer lo que quiere. En la cumbre del misticismo, hablamos de la unión de voluntades o la comunión de voluntades. Por lo tanto, es importante comenzar buscando la voluntad de Dios. Debemos descifrar el propósito que el Creador ha inscrito en nuestra naturaleza como hombre y mujer, en la naturaleza de la pareja y la relación conyugal. Esto es precisamente lo que dice Benedicto XVI cuando dice: "La naturaleza es la expresión de un plan de amor y verdad. Nos precede y Dios nos lo ha dado como un ambiente viviente. Ella nos cuenta sobre el Creador (ver Rm 1:20) y su amor por la humanidad. (...) Sin embargo, este entorno natural no es solo un material del que podemos disponer como nos plazca, sino que es el trabajo admirable del Creador, que lleva en sí mismo una "gramática " que indica una finalidad y criterios para los cuales se usa sabiamente y no se usa arbitrariamente. (ver Caritas in veritate 48) .

Esta obra de sabiduría para comprender el designio divino, la voluntad inscrita por Dios en el orden de las cosas, fue iniciada por Pablo VI y magníficamente amplificada por San Juan Pablo II. Abre para los cónyuges el camino de una espiritualidad de comunión con el proyecto del Creador. Pablo VI alienta a las parejas a "conformar su conducta a las intenciones creativas de Dios " [15]. En este deseo de casarse con la intención creativa hay una verdadera forma de unión teológica con Dios al mismo tiempo que la autorrealización. Es verdaderamente amoroso a Dios amar lo que su sabiduría ha inscrito en mi naturaleza. Y eso abre a un amor propio justo y realista. De hecho, como dice Benedicto XVI, "Vivimos rectamente si vivimos de acuerdo con la verdad de nuestro ser, es decir, de acuerdo con la voluntad de Dios. Porque la voluntad de Dios no constituye para el hombre una ley impuesta desde fuera, que lo fuerza, sino la medida intrínseca de su naturaleza, una medida que está inscrita en él y lo convierte en la imagen de Dios, y por lo tanto, una criatura libre. Si vivimos contra el Amor y contra la Verdad, contra Dios, entonces nos destruimos unos a otros y destruimos el mundo. Entonces no encontramos vida, pero jugamos el juego de la muerte. Todo esto se cuenta a través de imágenes inmortales en la historia de la caída original y el hombre expulsado del paraíso terrenal." [16]

Uno podría encontrar aquí una aplicación profunda y mística de lo que el Papa Francisco llama "conversión ecológica". De hecho, estamos invitados a renunciar a una concepción según la cual el hombre debe tener a la naturaleza e incluso su propia naturaleza, en una lógica de dominación y manipulación por la técnica [17]. ¿Por qué quiere cambiar su naturaleza, por qué violarlo manipulándolo? No tenemos que mutilarnos para realizarnos de acuerdo con nuestros sentimientos o tendencias y de forma diferente a lo que Dios nos ha hecho. Él nos creó a su imagen y semejanza, hombre y mujer, Él nos creó (cf Gn 1:27). Nos destruimos a nosotros mismos si queremos negar o negarnos a nacer hombre o mujer al decidir mutilar nuestra naturaleza de hombre o mujer. Por el contrario, debemos entrar en una lógica de recepción de la naturaleza, de nuestra propia naturaleza, como un regalo, un regalo gratuito del Creador que nos revela algunas tramas de su infinita sabiduría. Por lo tanto, no tenemos que dominar o manipular arbitrariamente la naturaleza, nuestra propia naturaleza, sino, como dice el Papa Francisco, "acompañarla, inclinarse a las posibilidades que ofrece". Para recibir lo que la realidad natural permite a sí misma, como tendiendo la mano"[18]. Porque a través de nuestra naturaleza, el que nos alcanza y se revela a sí mismo, es el autor de la naturaleza: el Creador.

Como San Juan Pablo II: "El carácter virtuoso de la conducta que se expresa en la regulación" natural "de la fertilidad no se basa tanto en la lealtad a una "ley natural" impersonal, sino más bien la persona del creador origen y Señor del orden que se manifiesta en esta ley " [19]. Al someterle nuestra inteligencia y nuestro corazón, realmente entramos en una comunión de intención con él.

 Esto nos permite clarificar aún más la realidad de este camino de santidad destacada por Humanae Vitae. No se trata solo de respetar materialmente un orden biológico, sino de conformar toda la vida al orden de la Creación. El orden biológico, el ciclo de la fertilidad, es "la expresión del orden de la naturaleza, es decir, el plan providencial del Creador, en la fiel ejecución de las cuales depende el verdadero bien de la persona humano " [20]. Pero este plan del Creador no se reduce a la regularidad biológica. La fidelidad al orden de la Creación incluye mucho más. La fidelidad al plan de Dios implica el ejercicio de una paternidad-maternidad responsable que se expresa a través del uso inteligente del ritmo de la fertilidad. Supone una colaboración entre los cónyuges, una comunicación, opciones comunes y libres, planteadas en conciencia, iluminadas por la gracia y la oración perseverante, fundadas en una verdadera generosidad, para decidir si dar la vida, o, por solo motivos" [21] para posponer un nacimiento, presupone verdadera caridad conyugal, verdadera templanza y autocontrol, especialmente si las uniones conyugales deben limitarse a períodos infértiles. En resumen, ¡es todo un arte de vivir, de una espiritualidad, de un modo estrictamente marital de santidad!

Como ya se señaló, Pablo VI "esta disciplina... trae a la vida familiar los frutos de la serenidad y la paz, y facilita la solución de otros problemas, promueve la atención hacia el otro cónyuge, ayuda a los cónyuges a desterrar el egoísmo, un enemigo del amor verdadero, y profundizar su sentido de la responsabilidad ". (HV 21).

VI - Un arte de vivir

Subrayar este aspecto hace que sea posible impedir un equívoco. A veces hablamos de "métodos naturales de control de la natalidad". Muchas personas creen que estos métodos son "naturales" porque no usan un proceso químico o mecánico artificial. Eso no correcto.

Como subraya Juan Pablo II, "la reducción a la única regularidad biológica, separada del "orden de la naturaleza", es decir, del "plan del Creador" es una distorsión del pensamiento auténtico del encíclica Humanae Vitae " [22]. Pero aún más, continúa este santo Papa, que podría llamarse el Doctor de la santidad conyugal, "la calificación de "natural" que se atribuye a la regulación moralmente correcta de la fertilidad (según el ritmo natural) se explica porque ajustarse a ella corresponde a la verdad de la persona y, por lo tanto, a su dignidad: una dignidad que "naturalmente" retorna al hombre como un ser razonable y libre. Siendo razonable y libre, el hombre puede y debe examinar con conocimiento este ritmo biológico que pertenece al orden natural. Puede y debe ajustarse a ella para ejercer esa paternidad-maternidad responsable que, de acuerdo con el plan del Creador, está inscrita en el orden natural de la fertilidad humana" [23] .

En lugar de "método natural", debemos hablar de un ejercicio de fertilidad de acuerdo con la naturaleza humana. Esto implica una "madurez en el amor, que no es inmediata, sino que tiene un diálogo, la escucha mutua y un control singular del impulso sexual en un camino de crecimiento en la virtud", dice Benedicto XVI. Por lo tanto, uno no puede hablar de la vida según el orden de la naturaleza, de acuerdo con el diseño creativo solo si un método natural de regulación del nacimiento se vive en un contexto de virtudes conyugales propias.

"A menudo, el método, separado de la dimensión ética de su propia, se lleva a cabo de manera puramente funcional, e incluso la utilidad. Si uno se separa el método natural de su dimensión ética, dejamos de percibir la diferencia que existe entre él y otros métodos y medios artificiales, y llegamos a hablar de ello como si fuera simplemente otra forma de anticoncepción " [24]. El Cardenal López-Trujillo habló sobre métodos naturales que se convierten en "contracepciones ecológicas" [25] porque se usan en una mentalidad hedonista, cerrada a la recepción de la vida.

Por el contrario, utilizado en el espíritu de una vida de acuerdo con el diseño creativo, un método natural abre a los cónyuges las virtudes propias de la vida conyugal. Abre la puerta a la plena libertad interior en la entrega de uno mismo. "La forma correcta de escuchar y practicar la continencia periódica como una virtud también esencialmente decide sobre la" naturalidad "del método... Por lo tanto, no se puede pensar en una aplicación mecánica de las leyes biológicas. El conocimiento de los ritmos de la fertilidad, incluso si es indispensable, todavía no crea esa libertad interna del don que es de naturaleza explícitamente espiritual y depende del grado de madurez del hombre interior". [26]

En otras palabras: los métodos naturales son una base, pero suponen que se viven en un contexto de virtudes. Pueden constituir una puerta, una pedagogía para el descubrimiento de esta vida conyugal plena, pero también pueden ser vividos solo materialmente sin este contexto de responsabilidad, de generosidad, de caridad que les es connatural.

VII - Entrar a la adoración

Debemos ir más allá y afirmar que, al final, los métodos naturales abren el camino y requieren una verdadera espiritualidad conyugal. Esta espiritualidad, esta vida de relación con Dios encuentra su total realización bajo la influencia especial de un don del Espíritu Santo: el don de la Piedad. La piedad es este regalo que nos hace recibir todo de parte de Dios como de un Padre, con respeto y gratitud. Juan Pablo II enfatiza que no podemos entender completamente "el verdadero significado nupcial de todas las manifestaciones de afecto que constituyen el tejido de la persistencia de la unión conyugal ... sin esta comprensión espiritual que es el fruto fundamental de un don del Espíritu que hace que la persona respete el trabajo de Dios" [27] .

Sí, tienes que ir tan lejos. Comprender el diseño del Creador, recibirlo con el corazón, supone esta profunda actitud espiritual de reconocimiento y adoración, que es un don del Espíritu Santo. En palabras de Juan Pablo II, "el respeto por la obra de Dios ayuda a asegurar que el acto conyugal no se devalúe y se prive de la interioridad, que no se convierta en un" hábito ", y que habla plenitud adecuada de contenido personal (...), sino también de contenido religioso, es decir, la veneración por la grandeza del Creador, único y depósito final de la fuente de la vida " [28 ]. En verdad, es la punta de lo que está en juego en Humanae Vitae.

Al recibir con gratitud el orden natural, tratando de comprender, amar, no sólo a los cónyuges prosperan en su amor a las virtudes que fortalecen su amor mutuo, pero aún más, que están abiertos a la adoración contemplativa creador. Humanae Vitae abre un camino de santidad matrimonial, una pedagogía de adoración, la recepción filial y adoradora del plan divino. Dios mismo es tan amado como un Padre, sus dones son recibidos con gratitud y veneración. Su benevolente majestad es experimentado por los cónyuges.

Se comprende por qué Juan Pablo II pudo afirmar que "rechazar las enseñanzas de la Humanae Vitae es estar poniendo en tela de juicio la idea misma de la santidad de Dios (...) Por estas normas morales son simplemente los requisitos, incluyendo cualquier circunstancia no puede prescindir de la santidad de Dios en la que cada persona humana participa concretamente " [29].

Afirmar que las normas de Humanae Vitae no siempre serían aplicables sería negar la ordenación de todos a la santidad, a la comunión con el Dios, tres veces santo.

VIII - El camino real de la cruz

San Juan Pablo II agrega que negarse a Humanae Vitae " sería hacer vana la Cruz de Cristo. Porque la palabra al encarnar entrado de lleno en nuestra vida cotidiana, que se extiende a través de acciones concretas, que murió por nuestros pecados, nos vuelve a crear en la santidad original, que debe expresarse en nuestra actividad diaria " [30]. Sí, es por la Cruz que somos lavados de nuestros pecados. La cruz es el camino para ir a la santidad de Dios. "No es extraño entonces que el sacramento del matrimonio comprometa a los cónyuges en un camino donde se encontrarán con la Cruz " [31]. Tu amor conyugal debe ser como el amor de Jesús, y el amor de Jesús es un amor que va hasta el final del amor, hasta la muerte en la Cruz. De hecho, ir al final del amor es morir por los que amamos. Para eso es imposible entrar al Amor sin entrar en el sufrimiento, sin morir como Cristo. Porque Dios nos ha predestinado a reproducir la imagen de su Hijo, Jesús, para que él sea el Anciano de una multitud de hermanos (Rom 8:29).

 Sí, queridos amigos, queridos maridos, no les predico de la manera fácil. ¡Te anuncio a Jesús, y Jesús crucificado! Queridos cónyuges, los invito a entrar en este camino real de santidad matrimonial. Hay días en que no será sin heroísmo de vuestra parte. Hay días en que estarás en camino hacia la Cruz. Pienso en "la cruz de aquellos cuya lealtad despierta la burla, la ironía e incluso persecuciones" [32], cruz de preocupaciones materiales producidos por la generosidad al acoger la vida, cruz en las dificultades en la vida de la pareja, cruz de la continencia y de la espera de los periodos.

Queridos amigos, si les dijera otra cosa, les mentiría, ¡los traicionaría! No sería ya un ministro de Dios para guiaros al bien (Rom 13, 4) ni mensajero de su Palabra.

La felicidad, la alegría perfecta de vuestras parejas pasa por ahí. Sé que esto no viene sin sacrificio, pero " cada vez que se repiten los intentos de un cristianismo sin sacrificio, un cristianismo líquido, de agua de rosas, están condenadas al fracaso" [33]. El Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica lo expresa con contundencia: "Es en el seguimiento de Cristo, en la renuncia a sí mismos, en la toma de su cruz, donde los cónyuges pueden "comprender" el significado original del matrimonio y vivirlo con la ayuda de Cristo Esta gracia del matrimonio cristiano es un fruto de la Cruz de Cristo, fuente de toda la vida cristiana " [34]. No podemos economizarnos la Cruz. El Calvario es el punto desde el cual podemos ver todo con los ojos de Cristo y, por lo tanto, comprender lo que es el verdadero amor. Además, como recordó Juan Pablo II, "los cónyuges suponen para toda la Iglesia el recordatorio permanente de lo que sucedió en la Cruz."[35] Esta es la razón por hogares cristianos son lugares de alegría y felicidad. Porque lo que sucedió en la Cruz es al mismo tiempo la plenitud del sufrimiento y la victoria sobre la muerte, el sacrificio perfecto y la mayor alegría, la consecuencia del pecado yla consumación de la santidad. La familia es un lugar de inmensa felicidad porque es un lugar de amor, por lo tanto, un lugar en el centro del cual se alza la Cruz, la fuente de todo amor.

Hablando del sacramento del matrimonio, San Pablo exclama: "¡Este misterio es grande, se aplica a Cristo y a la Iglesia! (Efesios V, 31)” Queridos cónyuges cristianos, la Iglesia os confía un tesoro inmenso: os pide que seáis testigos del mismo amor con el que Jesús ama a la humanidad. Sí, amaos "como Cristo amó a la Iglesia: ¡Él se entregó por ella! (Ef V, 25) Es vuestra misión, vuestra vocación: ¡amar como Cristo, hasta la misma Cruz! Vuestra misión es hermosa! ¡Gracias por estar en medio de nosotros! ¡Gracias, queridas familias, por el testimonio que dais con vuestra alegría y felicidad! La sonrisa en los rostros de vuestros hijos es la mejor forma de presenciar vuestra felicidad. ¡Sois las más hermosas joyas de la corona de la Iglesia! ¡Sois el futuro de la Iglesia y de vuestro país! ¡La Iglesia os ama!

Os agradezco vuestra atención y vuestra paciencia al escucharme. Y con vosotros agradezco a Dios Padre Todopoderoso por darnos al Papa Pablo VI en un momento crucial de nuestra historia, y por iluminarlo y sostenerlo. Dios es siempre fiel incluso cuando una gran parte de la jerarquía de su Iglesia le es infiel y se destaca en la confusión y el desorden por los beneficios humanos. En las palabras de Benedicto XVI con motivo del 40º aniversario de la Humanae Vitae, ya hace diez años: " Lo que era verdad ayer también es cierto hoy en día. La verdad expresada en Humanae Vitae no cambia. ¡Que Dios proteja a la Iglesia y que la Iglesia proteja a las familias y al mundo!

[1] Los cardenales y obispos, desafortunadamente, se organizaron para oponerse radical y públicamente a la encíclica Humanae Vitae. Primero, la Conferencia Episcopal Belga, dirigida por el Cardenal Primado Leo Suenens, publicó el 30 de agosto de 1968 una Declaración del Episcopado belga sobre la Encíclica Humanae Vitae para expresar su oposición.

A continuación, un grupo más amplio de Cardenales opuesto a la Encíclica Humanae Vitae, constituida por los cardenales Suenens Alfrink, Heenan, Döpfner y König. Se reúnen en Essen para decidir su oposición a la Humanae Vitae 9 de septiembre de 1968, durante la Katholikentag d’Essen, en presencia del legado papal, el cardenal Gustavo Testa. Una abrumadora mayoría votó una resolución para revisar la Encíclica.

El 30 de julio de 1968, bajo el título "Contra la Encíclica del Papa Pablo VI", el New York Times emitió un llamamiento firmado por más de 200 teólogos que instaron a los católicos a desobedecer la Encíclica de Pablo VI. Esta declaración, también conocida como la "Declaración de Curran" (Charles Curran, teólogo de la Universidad Católica de América), era algo que nunca se había visto en toda la historia de la Iglesia.

En 1969, nueve obispos holandeses, incluido el cardenal Alfrink, votaron a favor de la llamada Declaración de Independencia, invitando a los fieles a rechazar la enseñanza de Humanae Vitae.

"En 1968", rememora el cardenal Francis J. Stafford, "algo terrible sucedió en la Iglesia. En el Sacerdocio Ministerial, entre los amigos, surgen fracturas en todas partes, que nunca sanarían; estas heridas continúan afligiendo a toda la Iglesia. Pablo VI estuvo casi traumatizado por el conflicto que surgió de algunos de los personajes principales del Concilio que estaban más cerca de él. El 7 de diciembre de 1968, en un discurso al Seminario Lombardo, incluso habló de "la autodestrucción de la Iglesia", un proceso que sacudió y destruyó la Iglesia desde dentro. Esta "autodestrucción de la Iglesia" continúa. Está dirigido por miembros prominentes de la jerarquía y el clero.

[2] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 18 de julio de 1984.

[3] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 18 de julio de 1984.

[4] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 7 de diciembre de 1981.

[5] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 18 de julio de 1984.

[6] San Juan Pablo II, Veritatis Splendor, 84.

[7] San Juan Pablo II, Veritatis Splendor, 81.

[8] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 25 de julio de 1984.

[9] San Juan Pablo II, Discurso del 12 de noviembre de 1988 en el Congreso Internacional de Teólogos Morales.

[10] Ibid.

[11] Beato Pablo VI, Humanae Vitae, 29.

[12] Beato Pablo VI, Humanae Vitae, 30.

[13] San Juan Pablo II, 7 de diciembre de 1981.

[14] Beato Pablo VI, Humanae Vitae, 29.

[15] San Juan Pablo II, Audiencia general del 1er de agosto de 1984.

[16] Benedicto XVI, Homilía del 8 de diciembre de 2005.

[17] Papa Francisco, Laudato si, 106-108.

[18] Papa Francisco, Laudato si, 106.

[19] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 29 de agosto de 1984.

[20] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 29 de agosto de 1984.

[21] Cfr. Humanae vitae, 16: " Por tanto, si los hubiere, para espaciar los nacimientos, razones graves, ya sea debido a condiciones físicas o psicológicas de los cónyuges, o de circunstancias externas, la Iglesia enseña que es entonces permite tomar en cuenta los ritmos naturales inmanentes a las funciones generadoras para usar del matrimonio sólo los períodos infértiles y por lo tanto regular la natalidad sin ofender los principios morales que han sido retirados del mercado. (Cf. Pío XII, AAS 43 ( 195 (1), 816.).

[22] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 29 de agosto de 1984.

[23] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 5 de septiembre de 1984.

[24] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 5 de septiembre de 1984.

[25] Cardenal López-Trujillo, e nFamilia cristiana, 17 de noviembre de 2001, p. 23.

[26] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 7 de noviembre de 1984.

[27] San Juan Pablo II, audiencia general del 21 de noviembre de 1984.

[28] Ibid.

[29] San Juan Pablo II, Discurso del 12 de noviembre de 1988 en el Congreso Internacional de Teólogos Morales.

[30] Ibid.

[31] San Juan Pablo II, 23 de septiembre de 1983.

[32] Ibid.

[33] Ibid.

[34] Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica, 1615.

[35] San Juan-Pablo II, Familiaris consortio, 13.

Publicado originalmente por Famille Chrétienne. Traducido al español por InfoCatólica

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Donald Trump ne è convinto: il suo sarà il "piano del secolo". Quello che lascerà il segno nella Storia, ciò￲ che non sono riusciti a fare, nonostante le dichiarate ambizioni, coloro - Repubblicani e Democratici - che negli ultimi cinquant'anni lo hanno preceduto alla Casa Bianca. Il "piano del secolo", ovvero come riuscire a realizzare la pace in Terrasanta, tra Israeliani e Palestinesi. A darne conto è un documentato report di Amir Tibon e Amos Harel, firme di punta del quotidiano di Tel Aviv Haaretz. I due giornalisti israeliani, hanno ascoltato diverse fonti interne ed esterne all'amministrazione Usa (Harel è corrispondente di Haaretz da Washington), e il quadro che ne viene fuori è di grande interesse. Che questo piano sia in fase di "avanzata gestazione, siamo ormai ai dettagli", lo confermano ad HuffPost sia fonti israeliane a Gerusalemme che fonti palestinesi a Ramallah. "Alla lettura del piano, l'Olp (Organizzazione per la liberazione della Palestina, ndr) sarà infelice su alcune parti e soddisfatta su altri, e così sarà anche per Israeliani, che saranno contenti per alcune pagine del documento mentre altre saranno scomode", spiega un alto funzionario dell'amministrazione Usa.

Il "piano del secolo" si discosta dai tanti che lo hanno preceduto perché, spiega ad Haaretz la fonte americana, non si limita a riproporre formule vecchie che avrebbero dovuto risolvere le "questioni fondamentali" del conflitto, come i confini, la sicurezza, Gerusalemme. Enunciazioni di principio che, nella visione dello staff mediorientale di The Donald, non hanno mai fatto veramente i conti con la realtà, e per questo sono sistematicamente falliti. Il team di pace di Trump vuole che il piano affronti tali questioni, ma anche di offrire una vasta gamma di idee pragmatiche che, secondo le parole del funzionario di alto livello, "miglioreranno la vita di entrambe le parti". Gran parte del piano si concentrerà sul rafforzamento dell'economia palestinese e dei suoi legami con Israele. Diverse fonti al di fuori dell'amministrazione che hanno parlato con Haaretz nelle ultime settimane hanno confermato che la Casa Bianca sta attualmente "limando" un documento alquanto ponderoso, "molto più lungo di alcuni piani precedenti di questo tipo", secondo una fonte diplomatica coinvolta nella stesura. discussioni. Il piano dell'amministrazione Trump comincia a prendere forma a metà del 2017, quando Jason Greeenblatt, l'inviato speciale di The Donald per il processo di pace , fa il suo primo viaggio nella regione. Le fonti che sono state in contatto con Greenblatt durante questo periodo hanno detto ad Haaretz che il principale obiettivo del suo primo viaggio era lo stretto allineamento degli interessi tra Israele e il mondo arabo, che a suo avviso rappresentava una rara opportunità per una svolta nei negoziati. E' questo un punto nodale del "piano Trump": coinvolgere i Paesi arabi che, nel quadro regionale, hanno interessi strategici convergenti con Israele.

Una fonte governativa israeliana li elenca ad HuffPost: Arabia Saudita, Qatar, Emirati Arabi Uniti, Egitto, Giordania. Paesi del fronte sunnita che, con Israele, condividono la necessità di arginare la penetrazione iraniana in Medio Oriente, contrastando l'affermarsi della mezzaluna rossa sciita sulla direttrice Baghdad, Damasco, Beirut. E Gaza. A questo è particolarmente interessato l'erede al trono saudita, il giovane (33 anni) e 'ambizioso principe Mohammad bin Salman Al-Sa'ud, fautore dell'avvicinamento, in funzione anti-iraniana, di Riyad a Tel Aviv: per il futuro sovrano, e attuale Primo vice primo ministro e ministro della Difesa saudita, togliere ai suoi nemici regionali la "carta palestinese" sarebbe un risultato rilevante, da far pesare nella definizione dei nuovi equilibri regionali. "E' ovvio che la regione è cambiata rispetto a pochi anni fa", dice ad Haaretz un funzionario dell'amministrazione Usa . "Il mondo arabo e Israele hanno molti interessi e obiettivi comuni, così come minacce comuni nelle attività destabilizzanti dell'Iran nella regione". Greenblatt, insieme al consigliere e genero del presidente, Jared Kushner, e all'ambasciatore americano in Israele, David Friedman, si è concentrato sul tentativo di utilizzare questi interessi comuni per far progredire il piano. Fonti esterne all'amministrazione coinvolte nelle discussioni sul piano hanno affermato al quotidiano di Tel Aviv che il gruppo mediorientale di Trump ritiene che il piano in fase di completamento potrebbe essere il primo a ricevere una risposta positiva sia da Israele che dai principali Paesi arabi, indipendentemente dalla posizione palestinese.

Il cuore di questo piano, rivelano le fonti, sarà in Cisgiordania e a Gaza. L'amministrazione Usa sta cercando di promuovere progetti economici nel Sinai settentrionale che potrebbero migliorare la situazione, sempre più degradata, nella Striscia. Nell'immediato, l'obiettivo principale di Washington è vedere l'Autorità nazionale palestinese ripristinare il proprio controllo sull'enclave costiera, da undici anni in mano ad Hamas. L'obiettivo principale dell'amministrazione a Gaza è di vedere l'Autorità Palestinese ripristinare il controllo sull'enclave costiera. A questo fine, nella visione statunitense, saranno decisivi i finanziamenti delle petromonarchie del Golfo per la ricostruzione di Gaza. L'amministrazione Usa ha provato lo scorso anno a promuovere una serie di iniziative minori che potrebbero creare uno slancio positivo per il processo di pace e mostrare segni di progresso sul terreno. Alcune di queste iniziative sono riuscite - ad esempio, un accordo idrico congiunto israelo-palestinese firmato l'estate scorsa - ma altri sono falliti a causa di ostacoli politici a Gerusalemme e Ramallah. Ad esempio, il ministero della Difesa israeliano aveva proposto un piano l'anno scorso, fortemente sostenuto dai vertici militari, per ingrandire la città palestinese di Qalqilya, situata nella West Bank, a ridosso di Gerusalemme.

Il piano di Qalqilya avrebbe permesso alla municipalità palestinese di costruire nuove case per migliaia di residenti. Il piano è stato respinto dal governo israeliano a causa delle pressioni esercitate dal partito di destra Habayit Hayehudi e da alcuni membri della Knesset del Likud. Ma la Casa Bianca quel progetto non lo ha accantonato ma, al contrario, lo ha inserito nel "piano del secolo". E, come risulta ad HuffPost, Qalqilya potrebbe diventare la capitale di uno Stato palestinese. "Vorremmo che il piano parlasse da solo - confida una fonte dell'amministrazione Usa ad Haaretz - la gente capirà che dopo l'accordo staranno tutti meglio che senza: crediamo che le persone coinvolte siano interessate al loro futuro e al futuro dei loro figli. Questo piano darà molte più opportunità a tutti in futuro rispetto alla situazione che hanno ora".

Una situazione apocalittica. Gaza sta morendo. L'ultimo, documentato grido d'allarme, è stato lanciato da Oxfam. L'assedio sta privando una popolazione di 1,900milioni di abitanti, il 56% al di sotto dei 18 anni, del bene più vitale: l'acqua. A oltre due anni dal sanguinoso conflitto che nel 2014 distrusse buona parte del sistema idrico e fognario di Gaza, il sistema straordinario disegnato dalla comunità internazionale per la ricostruzione post-bellica (il cosiddetto Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism-Grm) non riesce ancora a rispondere ai bisogni dei quasi 2 milioni di abitanti della Striscia "intrappolati" in una delle zone pi densamente popolate del mondo. Una situazione drammatica, rimarca il report di Oxfam, aggravata degli effetti del decennale blocco di Israele sulla Striscia, di cui le prime vittime sono oltre 1,9 milioni di persone che devono sopravvivere con uno scarsissimo accesso all'acqua e una situazione igienico-sanitaria in continuo peggioramento. Basti pensare che il 95% della popolazione - anche solo per bere e cucinare - dipende dall'acqua marina desalinizzata fornita dalle autocisterne private, semplicemente perché l'acqua fornita dalla rete idrica municipale (che presenta oltre 40% di perdite) non è potabile o perché oltre 40mila abitanti non sono allacciati alla rete. A questo si aggiunge un sistema fognario del tutto inadeguato con oltre un terzo delle famiglie che non è connesso al sistema delle acque reflue. Una situazione di carenza idrica di cui fanno le spese soprattutto donne e bambini, che in molti casi sono costretti a lavarsi, bere e cucinare con acqua contaminata e si trovano esposti così al rischio di diarrea, vomito e disidratazione.

Le Nazioni Unite annunciano che entro il 2020 sar¢ praticamente impossibile vivere a Gaza per la mancanza di energia elettrica, il più alto tasso di disoccupazione al mondo e l'impossibilità per la popolazione di accedere anche a beni essenziali come cibo e, per l'appunto, acqua pulita. Hamas sa bene di non poter reggere questa situazione. Così pure l'Anp di Abu Mazen. E in questa chiave, di forte pressione sulla dirigenza palestinese, va letta la decisione americana di tagliare i finanziamenti all'Unrwa, l'Agenzia delle Nazioni Unite per i rifugiati palestinesi. A Ramallah gridano allo "strangolamento" della popolazione civile, all'"ennesima, vergognosa punizione collettiva", ma fuori dall'ufficialità, dall'entourage di Abu Mazen emerge l'interpretazione politica: Trump vuole "imporre" la sua pace. Il "piano del secolo" permetterebbe alla popolazione di Gaza di tornare a respirare. Il che significa anche agire su Israele per porre fine ad un embargo pluridecennale. Ed è questo uno dei punti del "piano Trump" che potrebbe essere indigesto per la destra oltranzista israeliana. D'altro canto, The Donald ad oggi ha molto dato all'amico Netanyahu, a cominciare dallo spostamento dell'ambasciata Usa da Tel Aviv a Gerusalemme, e poco riavuto indietro. Ora sembra giunto il momento dell'incasso. Per entrare nella Storia.


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filed a petition to the high court against a controversial new nation-state law, describing it as “racist, colonialist and illegitimate.”
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Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency of assassinating a top Syrian rocket scientist.
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Re: Former ambassador to Israel sues government, Aug. 2 An interesting article on our former ambassador to Israel. It is however distressing to have the gratuitous comment inserted that Vivian Bercovici is Jewish. What on earth does her religion have...
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Miércoles, 08 de agosto de 2018 - En Cuenca

El pasado domingo 5 de agosto, la localidad conquense de Quintanar del Rey, celebró la sexta edición del duatlón Villa de Quintanar del Rey, octava prueba puntuable del Circuito de Duatlón y Carreras de Montaña de la Diputación Provincial de Cuenca 2018, que sirvió además para homenajear la figura de Prudencio Saiz Prieto, tristemente fallecido, hace ahora 4 años, en un trágico accidente...


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It's about time for the Syrians and Iranians to start assassinating jews .
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And one quick comment about the video. Is there anything MORE PATHETIC than some fool, some lackey like Greta Van Slutstern babbling the single tired phrase, "Are you an anti-semite" to all the points, all the information and perspective that Jim Traficant & others bring up for discussion and examination. This is ALL they have and use. You could put a stack of books on the table. "Are they anti-semitic ?" Why yes. And so AM I ! If by 'semite' you mean jewish, then yes I am anti jewish. Somebody just say it once.
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Israel não estava no topo da minha lista. Um motivo bem pagão me levou para lá: a comida. Foi comprar o livro “Jerusalem”, do chefe Yotam Ottolenghi, e pronto: não via a hora de desbravar o mercado de Mahane Yehuda, comer um pita fresquinho nas padarias de Jaffa, experimentar todas as variações de falafel e […]

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El intercambio de ataques se salda con seis heridos israelíes y otros tres palestinos
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El especialista israelí en ciberseguridad CheckPoint anunció este miércoles que descubrió un fallo en la aplicación de mensajería WhatsApp, que permite leer y modificar mensajes enviados en un grupo o una conversación privada.

Según CheckPoint, los piratas informáticos podrían actuar en las conversaciones de tres formas diferentes: modificando los mensajes publicados por una persona, publicando un mensaje en un grupo haciéndose pasar por uno de los participantes y enviando un mensaje específico a un miembro de un grupo haciéndolo pasar por un mensaje grupal.

A la empresa de ciberseguridad le preocupan las manipulaciones masivas que podrían llevarse a cabo aprovechando esta falla y recordó los casos de los falsos rumores propagados en los últimos años a través de esta aplicación, en países como India y Brasil, que provocaron linchamientos de personas.

WhatsApp aseguró en un comunicado que había "examinado atentamente este problema [...] No hay problema de seguridad en la encriptación de la aplicación, que permite garantizar que solamente emisor y receptor pueden leer su intercambio" de mensajes.

CheckPoint destacó las consecuencias que podría tener tal fallo en momentos como un periodo electoral, ya que "WhatsApp desempeña ahí un papel cada vez más importante, en particular en los países en desarrollo", indica Informe21.

"En los grupos importantes, a los que se envían cascadas de mensajes, hay pocas posibilidades de que un miembro se tome el tiempo de verificar una de las informaciones difundidas, por lo que podría dejarse engañar fácilmente", añade la empresa.

En este sentido, WhatsApp afirma que se toma "el desafío de la desinformación de forma muy seria y [que integró] recientemente un límite en las cadenas de mensajes y modificó los grupos de chat". "También vetamos a los usuarios que intentan modificar la aplicación para sortear estos límites", agrega.

WhatsApp, fundada en 2009 y adquirida por Facebook en 2014, afirmó a principios de año que tenía más de 1.500 millones de usuarios y que en su aplicación se intercambian 65.000 millones de mensajes a diario.
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Et oui ils l'ont fait !!! https://infos-israel.news/lunion-europeenne-a-elabore-un-plan-pour-relier-la-judee-samarie-a-gaza-sans-prevenir-israel/
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Georgia state Rep. Jason Spencer — who bared his buttocks and yelled racial slurs on camera in an episode of Sacha Baron Cohen's satirical Showtime series Who Is America? — will resign from the legislature despite an earlier insistence that he would stay. A spokesman for Georgia House Speaker David Ralston told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution late Tuesday that Spencer would step down. In the episode of Who Is America? that aired Sunday, Spencer appears with Cohen, who poses as fictitious character ex-Israeli intelligence Capt. Erran Morad, who claims to be making an anti-terrorism video. Spencer is persuaded to use the N-word and drop his pants in what Cohen's character describes as a demonstration of terrorism deterrence tactics. Spencer — a Republican who sponsored Georgia's failed legislation that he called an anti-masking law but that critics called the "anti-burka law" — lost his primary in May. He apologized for his behavior on Cohen's show, acknowledging that it was a
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American photographer Chuck Fishman was 21 when he began traveling behind the Iron Curtain in 1975 to document a Jewish community on the verge of dying out after centuries of existence in Poland. He couldn't have foreseen the Jewish revival that would come after the fall of communism in 1989. A new photo exhibition opened this week in Warsaw that brings together Fishman's early documentation of a melancholy and declining Jewish world with the revival of traditions by the third and fourth generations after the Holocaust, a transformation that left him astounded. Titled Re-Generation: Jewish Life in Poland, the exhibition showing at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw will run until October 28 and then go to the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow for several more months. Fishman, now 65, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his motivation for documenting Poland's Jews in the 1970s and 1980s was to record their history before the centuries-old Jewish community died out. On the eve of the Holocaust, Polish Jews numbered around 3.3 million, the largest community in Europe. Most were killed by Nazi Germany, while postwar violence and an anti-Semitic campaign by the Polish communist regime in 1968 forced most of the survivors into exile. "It was supposed to be the last of 1,000 years of Polish Jewish life. That's what everyone was saying — everyone,'' Fishman said. "And if it was not for the fall of communism, it would have been the end.'' Fishman did five reporting trips to Poland from 1975 to 1983, often to cover other historical events, like the first visit of Polish Pope John Paul II to his homeland in 1979 and the rise in the 1980s of Lech Walesa's anti-communist Solidarity movement. On those trips he also turned his camera on Yiddish-speaking Holocaust survivors who gathered in derelict buildings to pray together. At the time, Jewish life took place in private because of fears of discrimination. In some cases he managed to capture those praying during Sabbath services. While some opposed his picture taking on the Sabbath, a violation of Jewish law, Fishman recalled that others were willing to overlook it.  "I was this nice Jewish boy from America,'' Fishman said, recalling how the sympathetic worshippers with nonverbal language seemed to be saying: "Leave him alone. What's the difference? When we're gone, there's nothing here.'' After a 30-year absence, he returned again to Poland in 2013 — a span of time in which communism collapsed and Poland joined the European Union and NATO. He was blown away by the new wealth of the capitalist era — the ATMs and luxury cars and everything else that had transformed the country — and by an optimistic and growing generation of Jewish families who finally had rabbis and who felt comfortable about celebrating their traditions openly. While the number of Jews is small, perhaps no more than 20,000 people among 38 million, Poland now has renovated synagogues, Jewish street festivals, a Jewish school, kosher restaurants and even Jewish arrivals from the U.S. and Israel. "Coming back was beyond trippy,'' said Fishman, who lives in the New York area. "Everything was astounding to me.'' Photos from Fishman's first trip to Poland were featured in a 1977 book, Polish Jews: The Final Chapter. But most of the photos on display in Warsaw now had never been published in print. During communism he made a point of never publishing images of young Polish Jews, fearing that to identify them publicly could have negative repercussions for them. All of Fishman's photos are in black and white and were shot with film and developed by him in his darkroom, something that creates a feeling of consistency in the collection despite spanning 43 years and radically different political systems.
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Dua rumah dan satu mobil terkena potongan roket. Dua orang terluka dan dibawa ke RS.
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Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel and the Israeli military responded with air strikes on Wednesday despite talk from both sides of progress toward a possible truce to avert a fourth war in a decade.

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Israel bombardeó instalaciones militares de Hamas tras el lanzamiento de 36 cohetes desde la Franja de Gaza Cuatro de los misiles disparados por el grupo terrorista palestino fueron interceptados en el aire por el sistema antimisiles israelí. Hay 9 heridos leves Israel atacó este miércoles doce instalaciones militares del movimiento islamista palestino Hamás en la […]
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          Ukraine wants to have the army of Nazi zombies      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
What consequences will follow the introduction of Nazi and Bandera-style greetings in the Ukrainian army? Why does Ukrainian President Poroshenko want to nazify Ukraine? Petro Poroshenko ordered to draft a bill that would replace army greetings from Soviet-style "Greetings,  comrades!" to Bandera-style "Glory to Ukraine!" and "Glory to heroes!"The bill is to be approved by the Ukrainian parliament, which currently remains in recess. The parliament is to reconvene on September 4. Nevertheless, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that the new greetings would be used during the military parade on Independence Day in Kiev on August 24. This suggests that Ukraine lives under the rule of certain individuals, rather than law. The aforementioned Bandera-style greeting used by Ukrainian nationalists - "Glory to Ukraine!" -originates from "Heil Hitler!"("Glory to Hitler!") and "Sieg Heil!" ("Glory to Victory!") exclamations that Nazi soldiers used during WWII.  The "Glory to Ukraine!" exclamation was officially introduced at the II Congress of the OUN* party in Krakow in April 1941.Of course, Ukrainian trolls try to find other roots for their Nazi greeting, Christian and even pre-Christian ones. Yet, Ukrainian soldiers will subconsciously associate the new army greetings with the "deeds" of Ukrainian SS divisions "Galicia" and "Nachtigall."The crimes of Ukrainian nationalists were legally proved and established at relevant litigations that also established their direct connection with Nazis. People in the whole world are familiar with the photo showing a fascist aiming his gun at a naked woman, who tries to cover her child with her body. The man in the picture, who is executing the woman and her child, wears a uniform of SS soldier, but he is not a German. He is a native of Western Ukraine. He had served in Galicia division, and had taken part in the work of punitive troops since 1943. Poroshenko consistently pursues the policy to nazify Ukraine. The main message of this policy is as follows: it was not the Soviet Army, but the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian insurgent army (Bandera supporters, UPA*) that liberated Ukraine from Nazism. How do common Ukrainians react to this?Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk said: "If shouting "Glory to Ukraine!" could bring back peace to Ukraine, if it could raise people's salaries and pensions, I would be shouting it 24/7." It appears that the Germans used to have the same feelings when Hitler came to power. We would like to hope that Ukraine does not become a prosperous country owing to a Nazi administration. Here is what another person wrote on Facebook: "If you refuse to say "Glory to heroes" in response to "Glory to Ukraine" or if you do not know how to respond to this exclamation, just pretend that you are deaf, or they'll shoot you, at least in your feet." Needless to say that the international community will not show any reaction to Ukraine's decision to change army greetings from Soviet to Nazi ones. In Germany, however, it is considered criminal to say Nazi greetings. In Poland, Ukrainian Bandera-style exclamation is punishable by imprisonment. Yet, Brussels was OK with the anti-Russian Ukrainian slogan "Moskalyaku na gilyaku!" which literally translates as "Muscovites - on guillotines!" The main principle of the European establishment today is as follows: the worse for Russia, the better. At the same time, Ukraine is striving with its fascist values to Europe. Who knows, maybe it will become a member of the European Union someday. Ukrainian nationalists also use an anti-Jewish slogan - "Yude - get'!" ("Jews out!"), but Mr. Poroshenko enjoys respect in Israel. As for the "stronghold of democracy," the United States, Washington shows strong resistance to the adoption of the anti-Nazi resolution that Russia and tens of other countries promote at the United Nations Organization. Ottawa and Kiev support Washington in this. After the Holocaust, Washington's position on the topic should look wild and unacceptable for Israel, but Israel will never say goodbye to an annual aid of three billion dollars. Psychiatrist and psychologist Alexander Fedorovich said in an interview with Pravda.Ru that Ukraine's key national idea is the idea of nationalism. "It unites a fairly large group of people who are ready for extreme actions. Nationalism in Ukraine promotes ideas of chauvinism, fascism and anti-Semitism," the expert told Pravda.Ru.The first platform, where a national ideology should be realized, is a younger generation (kindergartens and schools). The next platform is the army. "If people have to go to kill other people, they should be ideologically zombified, because they should not think about anything else," Alexander Fedorovich said in an interview with Pravda.Ru.According to the psychologist, Ukraine did not have to reinvent the wheel - the country recreated the experience of Dr. Goebbels by inciting nationalist sentiments and making people believe in the superiority of their country over other nations. "In the army, this greeting, which soldiers repeat throughout the day, becomes visceral. It requires no emotional coloring, and it zombifies people. They stop to reflect on the subject and take it for granted," Alexander Fedorovich said in an interview with Pravda.Ru. *OUN-UPA - terrorist organizations banned in RussiaLyuba LulkoPravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
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U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn has proposed legislation narrowing the definition of "refugee" for Palestinians. The "UNRWA Reform and Refugee Support Act," which was referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs last month, would limit resettlement of refugees to those personally displaced by the Arab-Israeli Conflict of 1948.…
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Barrages of rockets were fired late on Wednesday into Israel from the Gaza Strip controlled by Palestine’s Hamas militants, the Israel Defense Forces said.
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Northern Galil youth age 14-15 (Year 9) attend summer camps of British youth movements in groups of four-six hanichim with an accompanying madrich/a as the first stage in the on-going Living Bridge connection between the British youth movements and the Northern Galil Partnership region. The Israelis are hosted by the British youth in their homes prior to or following the camps to become acquainted with the Jewish community in the UK.

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Forty Tulane New Orleans University students toured Israel on TAGLIT-BIRTHRIGHT, and were joined by eight soldiers from Rosh Ha ayin during the week-long visit in the framework of the Partnership s Birthright2GETHER program. The group arrived in Rosh Ha ayin on Monday May 14, 2012, were welcomed by local Israeli Scouts youth movement members, took part in an Israeli Scouting activity and competitions, and learned scouting style cheerleading. Later in the evening they were hosted by families for an Israeli dinner.

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          Zeci de rachete, lansate din Fâșia Gaza în sudul Israelului. Reacția autorităților      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Forțele israeliene au efectuat, miercuri, raiduri asupra unor obiective din Fâșia Gaza, după ce sudul Israelului a fost vizat de 36 de rachete.
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Arqueólogos israelíes han descubierto en una excavación en Jerusalén Este un pendiente de oro datado en el periodo helenístico (siglo II o III a.C) que recrea la cabeza de un animal con cuernos, probablemente un antílope o venado, informó hoy la...
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'My Israel has died': British philanthropist lambasts Jewish nation-state law (Mustafa Abu Sneineh, Wednesday 8 August 2018, Middle East Eye)

Dame Vivien Duffield, one of Britain's most prominent donors to Israel, called the Jewish nation-state law "apartheid" and said that "my Israel has died' in an interview in Hebrew with Haaretz, published on Tuesday.

Duffield, 72, is the chairman of the Clore Duffield Foundation in Israel, which has donated millions of British pounds since 1979 to build libraries, parks, shelters for battered women, houses for Israel's Association for Children with Disabilities, classrooms and clinics, among a long list of philanthropic efforts.

She also donates money to the Weizmann Institute of Science in the Israeli city of Rehovot and the Tower of David Museum in the citadel of the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem.

"To be honest, 'my' Israel has died. The Israel that I knew and loved is no more," Duffield was quoted as saying.

"I'm a very pragmatic person, but do I like what has been going on in Israel in the past few years? No. I hate what is going on there."

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Activists wave Declaration of Independence in stormy Knesset nation-state debate  (Times of Israel, 8/08/18)

Zionist Union activists waved copies of Israel's Declaration of Independence in the Knesset plenum Wednesday during a special debate on the nation-state law.

Opposition leader MK Tzipi Livni delivered the main address at the gathering, which was called after the opposition obtained the requisite 25 MKs' signatures for holding a special plenum debate during the summer recess.

In her speech, Livni railed against the right-wing government, called for early elections and said the opposition would pass the Declaration of Independence as a basic law in lieu of the nation-state law passed by the right-wing coalition on July 19.

Castigating the prime minister for failing to include a commitment to equality for all Israeli citizens in the nation-state law, Livni stormed: "What the hell has Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got against the Declaration of Independence?", which includes a specific commitment to full equality.

"We're the side that believes in a covenant of equals," she said. "Every citizen of Israel has equal rights."

"We commit to bringing the principles of the Declaration of Independence back into our lives. That's our commitment, and we will fight for it until we win the elections. Your time is over," she said to leaders of the right-wing coalition -- who were not present in the plenum.

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                                Pena di morte





Malgrado quanto noi giornalisti ci sforziamo di far credere, spesso e volentieri i giornali non rappresentano affatto l’opinione pubblica.

Il problema della pena di morte è uno di quelli in cui sembra più profonda la frattura tra gente e media. Questi, quasi senza eccezioni, respingono indignati anche solo la prospettiva di dibattere una questione che giudicano talmente anacronistica e incivile da non meritare alcuna attenzione.

Nei giornali in cui mi è capitato di lavorare, ho visto cestinare, con ribrezzo, le molte lettere dei lettori sull’argomento. Eppure, tutti i sondaggi mostrano che, se si andasse a un referendum popolare, certamente il risultato sarebbe per la reintroduzione del plotone di esecuzione o del boia, almeno per i crimini particolarmente esecrabili.
Ce ne sono riprove concrete: stando al rapporto annuale di Amnesty International, la pena di morte contrassegna ancora il diritto penale di ben 99 Stati (l’80 per cento delle esecuzioni riguarda Paesi che hanno la pretesa di essere modello ad altri come gli Stati Uniti, l’Urss, la Cina), senza che movimenti importanti di opinione ne chiedano l’abolizione. Nei circa 30 Stati dell’Unione nordamericana in cui si è conservata l’esecuzione capitale, tutte le iniziative per cancellarla sono state vanificate dalla volontà popolare. Questa, in certi casi, ne ha addirittura imposto la reintroduzione. Ma si sa che i cantori della democrazia -giornalisti e politici in prima linea- sono selettivi: per loro, la maggioranza delle opinioni e dei voti è «nobile manifestazione della volontà popolare» quando va nel senso da loro auspicato; e diventa «disprezzabile rigurgito reazionario» quando si esprime in modo non gradito ai loro pregiudizi e schemi.

Il fatto è che, dalla più remota antichità sino a qualche intellettuale dell’Europa occidentale del Settecento che cominciò ad avere dei dubbi, la pena di morte fu pacificamente ammessa da tutte le culture di tutte le società del mondo.

Ed è falso che quel curioso personaggio che fu Cesare Beccaria ne abbia chiesto l'abolizione.
Dei delitti e delle pene”, capitolo ventotto: «La morte di un cittadino non può credersi necessaria che per due motivi...».
Quel che Beccaria respinge è soprattutto la tortura e poi la pena di morte “facile”, come era applicata ai suoi tempi, ma non la esclude in modo assoluto, non la dichiara illecita: al punto che, in alcuni casi, la dice «necessaria». Del resto, l’alternativa che Beccaria propone (per spaventare di più, precisa) è «la schiavitù perpetua». Il che non sembra un guadagno per la civiltà e il reo.

E’ poi falso che il mantenere l’esecuzione capitale sia “di destra” e l’abolirla “di sinistra”: tra i paradossi ignorati dai nostri rassicuranti schematismi, c’è il fatto che questa pena era stata abolita per volontà di Luigi XVI pochi anni prima della                        Rivoluzione francese. E fu questa a reintrodurla, proprio per impulso della “sinistra” giacobina, facendone un tale uso che ghigliottina e rivoluzione sono inseparabili - e, per una volta tanto, giustamente – nell’immaginario popolare.

Il dottor Guillotin fu addirittura pregato da quei “progressisti” di perfezionare la sua macchina, così da passare dalla fase artigianale a quella industriale: c’è rimasto così l’agghiacciante prototipo di uno strumento capace di troncare sino a 60 teste contemporaneamente.

Inoltre, con grande imbarazzo dei terzomondisti occidentali, per i quali la barbarie è sempre e solo dalla parte dell’uomo bianco, appena raggiunta l’indipendenza, praticamente tutte le ex colonie africane ed asiatiche si affrettarono a reintrodurre la pena di morte - magari con sistemi “tradizionali” in quei luoghi come l’impalamento, il rogo, l’immersione in acqua bollente, lo strangolamento lento - anche là dove gli Europei, in accordo con il diritto penale della madrepatria, l’avevano abolita.
Del resto, tra i più entusiasti praticanti del patibolo non c’erano forse tutti i Paesi del “socialismo reale”, quelli del marxismo al potere del primo, del secondo o del terzo mondo che siano? E non certo soltanto in lontani tempi staliniani: nei primi cinque anni della perestrojka di Gorbaciov, i tribunali sovietici hanno mandato sulla forca o sul patibolo oltre 2000 rei di delitti comuni.

Checché ne sia della legislazione civile, il problema si fa delicato per un credente quando ci si sposta sul piano religioso.
La Chiesa cattolica (in accordo, del resto, con quelle ortodosse e protestanti, ad eccezione di piccole sette ereticali, combattute dai riformati stessi) non ha mai negato che l’autorità legittima abbia il potere di infliggere la morte come pena.
E’ “de fide” la proposizione di Innocenzo III, ribadita dal Quarto Concilio del Laterano del 1215, secondo la quale l’autorità civile «senza peccato può infliggere la pena di morte, purché sia mossa non dall’odio ma dalla giustizia e non proceda senza precauzione ma con prudenza».
Questa dichiarazione dogmatica ribadisce tutta la tradizione cattolica precedente e riassume quella futura.

Sinora, infatti, nessuna affermazione solenne del Magistero è venuta a modificarla. Se la Chiesa si è sempre rifiutata di mettere direttamente qualcuno a morte, non così lo Stato Pontificio, in quanto istituzione politica; e si sapeva bene che cosa significasse la consegna degli eretici ostinati al “braccio secolare”.
Del resto, le Chiese nate dalla Riforma avevano ancor meno riguardi e spesso procedevano direttamente a eseguire le loro sentenze di morte senza affidare il reo, per l’esecuzione, all’autorità civile. Anzi: mentre per la Chiesa cattolica il boia era un male necessario, nella gerarchia della oppressiva “Città cristiana” che Calvino instaurò a Ginevra, il carnefice era un personaggio di rango, un notabile ossequiato e chiamato “Ministro del Santo Evangelo”.
Né gli mancava il lavoro: nei quattro anni dal 1542 al 1546 Calvino mandò a morte 40 persone solo per motivi di fede.

Oggi, come si sa, la situazione è cambiata. Malgrado nulla, sul piano dogmatico, sia stato modificato; non solo teologi, ma anche intere Conferenze episcopali si sono spinte sino a definire «contraria allo spirito cristiano», «in disaccordo col Vangelo» ogni esecuzione capitale.
Come al solito, dei credenti si segnalano per zelo, superando la stessa polemica laicista nello scagliarsi contro una presunta bi-millenaria “barbarie oscurantista” e “infedeltà al Cristo” da parte di una Chiesa che non avrebbe dichiarato illecito il supplizio inflitto ai rei dagli Stati.
Questo è uno dei luoghi privilegiati per la “strategia del rimorso” di cui parlammo, portata avanti da una propaganda anticristiana coll’aiuto entusiastico di molti cattolici “adulti e aggiornati”.
In realtà, la questione è davvero gravissima: se ogni esecuzione capitale è un delitto, un omicidio abusivamente legalizzato (come molti teologi e anche episcopati ora dicono) la Chiesa, per tanti secoli, se ne è resa complice.
Confortatori dei suppliziandi come un san Cafasso non sono che farisaici fiancheggiatori di una violenza illecita. Non basta, ché anche Antico e Nuovo Testamento - i quali o raccomandano o non vietano la pena di morte - sono trascinati sul banco degli accusati.
Se qui, davvero, ci si è sbagliati, le conseguenze per la fede sono rovinose, coinvolgendo l’autorità della Chiesa e della Scrittura stessa.
Bisognerà cercare di capire.

Sarà bene precisare subito, a scanso di equivoci, quanto chiariremo meglio in seguito: quel che tentiamo con il discorso iniziato non è di certo una sorta di “elogio del boia” alla Joseph De Maistre, con magari un nostro schierarci a favore della reintroduzione della pena di morte nei Paesi del mondo (e sono ancora una minoranza) che l’hanno cancellata. Ne siamo ben lontani.
Quel che ci interessa è mostrare che anche qui, come in moltissimi altri campi, abbiamo dimenticato quel saper distinguere (“distingue frequenter!”) che, così giustamente, preoccupava coloro che sapevano ragionare sul serio prima della sedicente “èra della Ragione”.

Nel caso in questione, molto spesso non si sa più distinguere tra legittimità del patibolo e sua opportunità; tra un diritto della società di mandare a morte un suo membro ed esercizio di quel diritto. Ma, soprattutto - lo dicevamo - ciò che deve preoccupare un credente è l’atteggiamento della Chiesa: la quale, sempre, nel suo Magistero più alto, ha affermato la legittimità della pena di morte decretata dalle autorità riconosciute e ne ha concesso alla società il diritto.

Dopo il Concilio, questo diritto è contestato a diversi livelli.
Prendiamo (un esempio tra i moltissimi possibili) il “Dizionario di antropologia pastorale”, frutto del lavoro dell’associazione dei moralisti cattolici di lingua tedesca, uscito in Germania e in Austria nel 1975 con tutti gli imprimatur e grazie a un finanziamento dell’episcopato. In quest’opera, che non esprime la voce di un privato teologo ma la posizione “cattolica” di un’intera area, si legge: «Il cristiano non ha il minimo motivo di invocare la pena di morte o di dichiararsi favorevole ad essa».

Il documento di una commissione teologica dell’episcopato francese dichiarava nel 1978 ogni esecuzione capitale come «incompatibile con il Vangelo» (anche se, in un sussulto di prudenza, i teologi estensori del documento lo intitolavano “Elementi di riflessione" e giungevano alla loro conclusione - contraria alla Bibbia e alla Tradizione - con avveduti giri di parole).

In modo altrettanto capzioso si sono espressi, negli Stati Uniti e nel Canada, quei “Church-intellectuals”, quegli “intellettuali clericali” che – nell’anonimato - elaborano i documenti che poi gli episcopati presentano con la loro firma.

Nel 1973, Leandro Rossi, direttore del "Dizionario di Teologia Morale" (anche qui, con ogni approvazione ecclesiastica) iniziava così la voce “Pena di morte”:
«E’, questo, uno dei classici temi ove le posizioni si sono capovolte nell’èra contemporanea, anche se non universalmente e definitivamente. Il processo di umanizzazione ebbe origine, purtroppo, non nell’ambiente cristiano ma laico e vide i cattolici rimorchiati a fatica da quanti si mostravano più coerenti con l’indirizzo umanizzante del Vangelo. Siamo in uno di quei casi, insomma, nei quali non è la Chiesa che ha donato al mondo, bensì quella che ha ricevuto da questo».

Simili posizioni sono gratificanti per i preti che le esprimono i quali, però, non sembrano vederne tutte le devastanti conseguenze: non in un periodo solo, ma per tutta intera la sua storia, dagli inizi sino ad oggi, la Chiesa - nel magistero solenne dei Papi e dei concili, ma anche nei Padri, nei grandi teologi che furono anche santi come Tommaso d’Aquino, nei suoi uomini più prestigiosi e autorevoli, senza eccezione - la Chiesa, dunque, ha dichiarato legittima quell’esecuzione capitale che sarebbe invece, per le posizioni di oggi, un delitto, un crimine, un tradimento del Vangelo.

Come è stato osservato: «Se davvero è così, come difendere la Chiesa dalla colpa di complicità con i capi di governo, responsabili di innumerevoli assassini quante appunto sarebbero state le esecuzioni capitali di tutti gli individui uccisi in nome di una falsa “giustizia”?».

Al di là del piano dottrinale, per scendere alla prassi: «Come attenuare (sempre nell’ipotesi che ogni pena di morte sia assolutamente ingiusta, criminosa) le responsabilità dei Papi che per oltre un millennio, nei loro Stati, non hanno agito diversamente da tutti i magistrati civili delle altre nazioni?».
Insomma, un’ombra oscura si proietta su tutto quanto l’insegnamento e la prassi cattolici: «Come prendere più sul serio una morale che oggi biasima come gravemente illecito, come un tradimento della missione stessa del Cristo, quanto fino a ieri aveva ritenuto non solo legittimo ma in qualche caso doveroso?».

Sembra che anche su questo tema certa teologia - o anche certi episcopati, ammesso che il loro pensiero sia davvero espresso dai documenti che gli “esperti” preparano per loro - non veda, o peggio, non si curi delle conseguenze che, sulla fede della gente, hanno simili variazioni dottrinali. Ma sembra anche che qui si verifichi quel fenomeno paradossale e contraddittorio che contrassegna certa teologia odierna: la quale protesta di volersi basare solo sulla Scrittura ma al contempo l’aggira, la rimuove, l’ignora (o la tratta un po’ infastidita) quando non risponde al suo “spirito” che dice essere lo “spirito dei tempi”, in sintonia con quello del Cristo stesso.

In effetti, non vale la pena spendere troppo parole per dimostrare come, nell’Antico Testamento, la pena di morte sia non solo permessa da Dio ma da Lui comandata. Tanto che la normativa elaborata dai maestri di Israele in base alla Torah prescriveva l’esecuzione capitale per ben 35 reati: dall’adulterio alla profanazione del sabato, dalla bestemmia all’idolatria, sino alla ribellione (anche solo a parole) contro i genitori. Basti ricordare, tra i molti brani possibili, il versetto della Genesi (9,6) in cui Jahvè dice a Noè: «Chi sparge il sangue dell’uomo, dall’uomo il suo sangue sarà sparso, perché ad immagine di Dio Egli ha fatto l’uomo».
Si veda poi il capitolo trentacinque del libro dei Numeri dove è ribadito, per i casi lì specificati, non il diritto ma il dovere della pena di morte, precisando: «Queste vi servano come norme di diritto, di generazione in generazione, in tutti i luoghi dove abiterete» (Nm35,29).
Per la Legge di Israele, l’uccisione di certi colpevoli è motivata da Dio stesso in base a princìpi religiosi, prima ancora che di opportunità sociale. Ed è chiaro che il «Non uccidere!» del Decalogo vuol dire «Non assassinare, non uccidere ingiustamente» e non riguarda la pena legale di morte: è rivolto al singolo e non a chi ha legittima autorità sul popolo.

Tutto questo (che è forse duro per le nostre orecchie: ma è pur sempre, per il credente, Parola di Dio, quella Parola alla quale si dice, ora più che mai, di volere essere fedeli) è messo sbrigativamente da parte dalle nuove posizioni che dicevamo. Oppure, si cerca di risolvere il problema, dicendo che il Nuovo Testamento supera l’Antico, che lo spirito evangelico abroga la legislazione mosaica. Ma, anche in questo modo, non si prende sul serio la Parola, in questo caso quella di Gesù stesso, il quale dichiara di «non essere venuto per abrogare la legge ma per completarla», avvertendo che «non passerà neppure uno jota della Legge».

In effetti, il Cristo non contraddice Pilato, ricordandogli solo da dove gli viene questa autorità (che dunque gli riconosce) quando il governatore domanda: «Non sai che io ho il potere di metterti in libertà o di metterti in croce?» (Gv 19,10). Né contraddice, secondo Luca, il “buon ladrone”, facendogli anzi la promessa più grande, quando questi dice che «giustamente» egli e il suo complice sono stati condannati a quella pena: «Noi riceviamo il giusto per le nostre azioni».

Come è stato notato: «In Atti 5,1-11, appare che dalla pena di morte sin da subito non aborrì la comunità cristiana primitiva, poiché i coniugi Anania e Saffira, rei di frode e di menzogna ai danni dei fratelli nella fede, comparsi davanti a san Pietro ne furono colpiti».

Ma è soprattutto Paolo che dà lo “Jus gladii”, il diritto di usare la spada del boia, ai prìncipi e li chiama «ministri di Dio per castigare i malvagi», se necessario mandandoli a morte. E non si dimentichi il capitolo tredici della Lettera ai Romani -un tempo famoso, ora spesso taciuto con qualche imbarazzo - soprattutto dove si dice: «Vuoi non avere da temere l’autorità? Fa’ il bene e ne avrai lode, poiché essa è al servizio di Dio per il tuo bene. Ma, se fai il male, allora temi, perché non invano essa porta la spada; è infatti al servizio di Dio per la giusta condanna di chi opera il male» (Rm 13,3-4).

Di queste chiare parole paoline non sembra lecito sbarazzarsi con argomenti sconcertanti - e dettati chiaramente dal desiderio di liberarsi di una parola scritturale contraria alla propria tesi - come quelli usati dal già citato “Dizionario di antropologia pastorale“: «Paolo, in Romani 13, ha sicuramente pensato alla prassi della decapitazione dei grandi criminali in uso nell’impero romano. Tuttavia, ciò che gli premeva raccomandare - facendo tale allusione - era solo l’obbedienza verso la legittima autorità statale...».
Escamotage sorprendente, forse un po’ penoso: in effetti, non venne in mente, per duemila anni, a nessuno dei grandi teologi e a nessuno dei pastori e dei Concili che, anche basandosi su Romani 13, non negarono legittimità alla pena di morte inflitta con regolare processo dalle autorità costituite. Non dimenticando che questo riconoscimento ecclesiale non era di certo fatto a cuor leggero, tanto che il diritto canonico colpiva di irregolarità (di divieto, cioè, di accedere agli Ordini Sacri) il carnefice, i suoi aiutanti e persino il giudice che, pur rispettando la legge, avesse pronunciato una sentenza di morte.

Ma questo orrore del sangue non poteva far dimenticare non soltanto le prescrizioni bibliche ma anche altre considerazioni oggi rimosse e che tenteremo di esporre nel frammento che segue.
Come ci pare di avere dimostrato (e non ci voleva molto sforzo, i testi essendo chiarissimi e notissimi), la pratica della pena di morte da parte della società è imposta da Dio stesso nella Legge dell’Antico Testamento ed è ammessa da Gesù e dagli Apostoli nel Nuovo Testamento.
Come è costretto a riconoscere lo stesso, insospettabile “Catechismo Olandese”, «non si può sostenere che il Cristo abbia abolito esplicitamente né la guerra né la pena di morte».
Non si riesce a capire su cosa si basino quei teologi e quei biblisti che giudicano qui la Chiesa «infedele alla Scrittura».
Quale Scrittura? Forse, the “Wish-Bible”, la “Bibbia del desiderio”, la Bibbia così come l’avrebbero scritta loro, oggi.
C’è, piuttosto, da registrare una differenza importante nel passaggio dall’Antico al Nuovo Testamento: per la Legge data a Noè e a Mosè, la condanna a morte dei rei di certi delitti era un obbligo, una necessaria obbedienza alla volontà di Dio. Invece, per il Nuovo Testamento (così come l’ha inteso tutta la grande Tradizione, sin dai Padri della Chiesa) l’esecuzione capitale è indiscutibilmente legittima, ma non è detto che essa sia sempre opportuna. L’opportunità dipende da un giudizio variabile a seconda dei tempi. Una cosa è il diritto riconosciuto all’autorità che, per dirla con Paolo, «non invano porta la spada»; altra cosa è l’esercizio di quel diritto.
Per quel che vale il nostro giudizio, nella società e nella cultura dell’attuale Occidente secolarizzato reintrodurre il patibolo là dove è stato abolito non sarebbe affatto opportuno; meglio, dunque, non esercitare quello che pure resta un diritto della società.

Non stiamo, qui, ad attardarci sulle statistiche, le quali secondo alcuni confermerebbero e secondo altri negherebbero l’efficacia della minaccia della morte nel prevenire il crimine.
Di certo, non mancano di logica le affermazioni che traiamo da un editoriale della “Civiltà Cattolica” del 1865, significativamente intitolato “La Frammassoneria e l’abolizione della pena di morte”, e dove i gesuiti si schierano, ovviamente, per il mantenimento - nei nuovi codici italiani - del pur terribile istituto.
Scriveva dunque quella vera e propria “voce del Papa” che era il celebre periodico:
«Noi, qui, non tanto intendiamo di mostrare la licitezza, convenienza e necessità relativa della pena di morte, cosa che supponiamo dimostrata e conceduta dalla gente savia e dabbene, quanto di dichiarare che mentre i savii ed onesti parteggiano per la conservazione di questa pena, ne sono in realtà gli abolitori. Il che si dimostra facilmente colla ragione e col fatto».
Continua, in effetti, “la Civiltà Cattolica“:
«Colla ragione: giacché, qual è lo scopo inteso da quelli che vogliono mantenuta la pena di morte? Evidentemente lo scopo da essi inteso si è di diminuire e, se si può, di togliere affatto di mezzo gli assassinii. Or chi non vede che così essi intendono direttamente ad abolire la pena di morte? E non già ad abolire la pena di morte soltanto per gli assassini, come vogliono i liberali, ma per gli assassinati ancora, o meglio per gli assassinabili innocenti, dei quali i liberali nulla si curano. E’ dunque evidente che i conservatori della pena di morte cooperano efficacemente all’abolizione totale della pena di morte degli innocenti in prima e, poi, necessariamente ancora dei rei e degli assassini».

Ma, in fondo, simili considerazioni - pur non irrilevanti - sono secondarie rispetto a quello che, per un cristiano, è il problema primario: «Se Dio solo dà la vita, è lecito all’uomo toglierla ad altri uomini? Esiste un diritto alla vita di tutti, anche dell’assassino, diritto che mai possa essere violato?».
In verità, coloro che danno a queste domande delle risposte nel senso sfavorevole alla pena di morte, ammettono però il diritto della società di rinchiudere in prigione i colpevoli di reati. Ora: se Dio ha creato l’uomo libero, come possono gli uomini togliere questa libertà ad altri uomini? Esiste un diritto alla libertà (diritto «innato, inviolabile, imprescrittibile», dicono i giuristi) che qualunque giudice infrange nel momento in cui condanna un suo simile anche soltanto a un’ora di reclusione coatta.
Ma la vita, si dice, è valore superiore alla libertà. Se ne è così sicuri? Gli spiriti più nobili e più sensibili lo negano. Come l’Alighieri. Non dice nulla il verso famoso: «Libertà vo’ cercando, che è sì cara / come sa chi per lei vita rifiuta»?

Ma non si esce dalle contraddizioni (e non si riesce neppure a capire perché tutte le culture tradizionali - e, dunque, religiose - non abbiano sentito come innaturale, illecita e quindi impraticabile la condanna capitale) se non in una prospettiva che vada al di là di quella orizzontale mondana. Una prospettiva, cioè, religiosa. E cristiana in particolare.
Quella prospettiva, cioè, che distingue tra vita biologica, terrena e vita eterna; che è convinta che il solo diritto inalienabile dell’uomo sia salvare non il corpo, ma l’anima; che distingue tra vita come fine e vita come mezzo.
Pur rifuggendo dalle lunghe citazioni, questa volta è il caso di riprodurne una, visto che ogni parola è qui meditata alla luce di una visione cattolica che sembra oggi persa totalmente di vista. La citazione è di quel singolare, solitario laico cattolico che è lo svizzero Romano Amerio. Leggiamo, dunque: «L’opposizione alla pena capitale deriva oggi spesso dal concetto dell’inviolabilità della persona in quanto soggetto protagonista della vita mondana, prendendosi l’esistenza mortale come un fine in sé che non può essere tolto senza violare il destino dell’uomo. Ma questo modo di rigettare la pena di morte, benché si guardi da molti come religioso, è in realtà irreligioso. Dimentica, infatti, che per la religione la vita non ha ragione di fine ma di mezzo al fine morale della vita che trapassa tutto l’ordine dei subordinati valori mondani».
«Perciò» continua Amerio «togliere la vita non equivale punto togliere all’uomo il fine trascendente per cui è nato e che ne costituisce la dignità. Nel rifiuto della pena di morte vi è un sofisma implicito: che cioè l’uomo, e in concreto lo Stato, abbia il potere, uccidendo il delinquente, di troncargli il destino, di sottrargli il fine ultimo, di togliergli la possibilità di adempiere il suo officio d’uomo. Il contrario è vero».
«In effetti», prosegue lo studioso cattolico «al condannato a morte si può troncare l’esistenza terrena, non però togliergli il suo fine. Sono le società che negano la vita futura e pongono come meta il diritto alla felicità nel mondo di qua che devono rifuggire dalla pena di morte come da un’ingiustizia che spegne nell’uomo la facoltà di felicitarsi. Ed è un paradosso vero, verissimo, che gli impugnatori della pena di morte stanno in realtà per lo Stato totalitario, giacché gli attribuiscono un potere molto maggiore che non abbia, anzi un potere supremo: quello di troncare il destino di un uomo. Mentre, nella prospettiva religiosa, la morte irrogata da uomini a uomini non può pregiudicare né al destino morale né alla dignità umana».

Lo stesso autore, tra molte altre testimonianze sconcertanti sulla perdita della consapevolezza, all’interno stesso della Chiesa, di che cosa sia davvero il “sistema cattolico”, cita l’“Osservatore romano“ che, il 22 gennaio 1977, scriveva, tra l’altro, a firma di un autorevole collaboratore: «La comunità deve concedere la possibilità di purificarsi, di espiare la colpa, di riscattarsi dal male, mentre l’estremo supplizio non la concede».
C’è da capire Amerio che commenta: «Così dicendo, proprio il giornale vaticano nega la gran verità che la pena capitale medesima è una espiazione. Nega il valore espiatorio della morte che nella natura mortale è sommo, come sommo (nella relatività dei beni di sotto) è il bene della vita al cui sacrificio consente chi espia.                
D’altronde, l’espiazione del Cristo innocente per i peccati dell’uomo non è connessa con una condanna a morte?». E, dunque, «l’aspetto più irreligioso della dottrina che respinge la pena capitale risulta nel rifiuto del suo valore espiatorio, il quale nella veduta religiosa è invece massimo».

In effetti, la Tradizione ha sempre visto un candidato sicuro al paradiso nel delinquente che, riconciliato con Dio, liberamente accetta il supplizio come espiazione della sua colpa. Tommaso d’Aquino insegna: «La morte inflitta come pena dovuta per i delitti, leva tutta la pena dovuta per i delitti nell’altra vita. La morte naturale, invece, non la leva».
Molti rei reclamavano addirittura l’esecuzione capitale come loro diritto. Dunque, il suppliziato pentito, munito dei sacramenti, è un “santo”: in effetti, il popolo si disputava le sue reliquie (e aveva forgiato un proverbio che “la Civiltà Cattolica” che citavamo ricorda: «Di cento impiccati, uno dannato»).

Non sono, questi, che colpi di sonda “religiosi” in una materia che, oggi, anche dei credenti sembrano affrontare con la tipica superficialità laica, illuministica. Altre cose si potrebbero e dovrebbero aggiungere, a completamento delle ragioni della Chiesa (di quella, s’intende, ancora consapevole di Scrittura e Tradizione): ad esempio, l’idea (che è biblica, paolina anch’essa) della società non come aggregato di individui ma come corpo, come organismo vivente che ha dunque il diritto di troncare da sé membra che giudica infette; il concetto della legittima difesa che non riguarda solo l’individuo, come crediamo noi individualisti, ma anche il corpo sociale; il concetto della riparazione dell’ordine della giustizia e della morale infranto.

Legittima, dunque, la pena capitale, per la Chiesa, nella prospettiva di fede che è sua. Ma anche opportuna, oggi? Per giustificare il nostro rifiuto della possibilità di tornare al patibolo nella cultura attuale, la sintesi migliore è ancora quella di Romano Amerio: «La pena di morte diventa barbara in una società irreligiosa che, chiusa nell’orizzonte terrestre, non ha diritto di privare l’uomo un bene che per lui è tutto il bene».
Un “no” al patibolo, dunque: motivato però non dalla religione, ma dalla irreligione contemporanea.

di Vittorio Messori

tratto da:
Vittorio Messori, Pensare la storia. Una lettura cattolica dell’avventura umana, Paoline, Milano 1992, p. 412-424.

L'immagine è nostra



http://www.unavox.it/ArtDiversi/DIV2543_Messori_Pena_di_morte.html

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Les Européens disent qu'il s'agit simplement "d'examiner les violations possibles des obligations contractuelles" par le Conseil de protection de la liberté

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L'armée avait riposté après des coups de feu et fermé les routes à proximité par crainte de représailles du groupe terroriste palestinien après la mort de deux de ses membres

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"Un isolement de l'Iran pourrait justement favoriser la montée en puissance de forces fondamentalistes et radicales", a affirmé Heiko Maas

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Israelul a bombardat, miercuri seară, poziţii ale mişcării fundamentaliste Hamas, în Fâşia Gaza, ca reacţie la o serie de atacuri cu rachete.
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Dozens of rockets and mortar shells were fired at southern Israeli communities from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday night, including one barrage that slammed into the city of Sderot, injuring several Israelis, prompting the Israeli Air Force to bomb 12 Hamas positions across the Gaza Strip, the military said.
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Festival Cervantino presentará por primera vez en México a la Orquesta Sinfónica de Israel


Teotihuacán en Línea. Guanajuato. La Orquesta Sinfónica de Israel Rishon LeZion se presentará por primera vez en nuestro país junto con la aclamada violonchelista Danielle Akta, en el marco del Festival Internacional Cervantino que en su edición XLVI se realizará del 10 al 28 de octubre en Guanajuato.
Bajo la dirección de Yeruham Scharovsky, la agrupación formada en 1989 ofrecerá un repertorio integrado por la Sinfonía del nuevo mundo de Antonin Dvorák, el Concerto para violonchello y orquesta de Edward Elgar y la danza israelí Hora.
En videoconferencia, el director huésped de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Israel aseguró que para la agrupación será un honor participar en un evento de la naturaleza del Cervantino y que sus miembros “Están ansiosos por compartir con el público mexicano lo mejor que tienen, que es su música”.
Los músicos israelíes llegarán a México para interpretar un programa que estará coronado con la Sinfonía del nuevo mundo, obra interesante del repertorio internacional clásico romántico, que resulta atractivo para todas las plateas del mundo y que ofrece la posibilidad de mostrar a sus solistas.
Para su presentación en el FIC, la Orquesta Rishon LeZion estará acompañada por Danielle Akta, a quien Yeruham Scharovsky calificó como una niña prodigio, chelista de nivel internacional de tan sólo 15 años y quien dará muestras de su virtuosismo en la pieza Concerto para violonchello y orquesta, que ella misma eligió, pues se trata de una obra que permite mostrar la capacidad y talento de los ejecutantes de ese instrumento.
Finalmente, la agrupación presentará la obertura de una danza israelí que, titulada Hora, forma parte del poema sinfónico Elek de Mark Lavry, la cual relata la historia de ese país en los años de su fundación, en 1948.
Yeruham Scharovsky detalló que será la primera vez en México que actuará la Orquesta Sinfónica de Israel, debut para el cual fue invitada como solista Danielle Akta, quien hace dos años ya estuvo en nuestro país y ofreció un recital en el Palacio de Bellas Artes.
El director de origen argentino señaló que para su visita a nuestro país, la orquesta viajará con una dotación de setenta de los 130 músicos que la integran, razón por la cual se decidió la interpretación de la Sinfonía del nuevo mundo.
Su participación en el Festival Internacional Cervantino que, en esta edición tiene a India y Aguascalientes como país y estado invitado, se llevará a cabo el sábado 13 de octubre a las 21:00 horas en el Teatro Juárez de la capital guanajuatense.
Después, la Orquesta Rishon LeZion realizará una gira por algunas ciudades de México que incluye presentaciones el 14 de octubre en Guadalajara, el 16 y el 17 en el Palacio de Bellas Artes y finalmente, el día 19 la agrupación se despide con un concierto en Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz.
Scharovsky enfatizó que los miembros de la orquesta “Esperan con ansiedad estar en México, país al que le tienen cariño y admiración, para compartir con el público lo mejor de su música y destacó que la agrupación prepara una gran sorpresa para los espectadores, ya que harán un encore muy mexicano para finalizar su recital en el Cervantino”.

Finalmente, el director huésped de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Israel indicó que ese país ha demostrado que a pesar de estar en perpetuo conflicto y destinar el sesenta por ciento de su presupuesto a la seguridad, se puede tener una gran actividad cultural de excelencia

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          Comment on Iran Hawks: Get Over Your Coup Allergy And Embrace Regime Change by dominusvobiscumweb      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ali you can't spout Western propaganda and expect Iranian people to take control of their own destiny. You and all the other Uncle Toms of your generation simultaneously talk about peace and independence, while practically BEGGING for foreign intervention. Me and like-minded Iranian-blooded people of my generation are sick of apologizing for Iran's independence. For not granting America and Israel the kind of government they would like quickly enough. The sanctions have starved Iranians. They are young and poor and don't have the luxury of pontificating about how great Iran will be once there are no Mullahs. A 15 year old boy died because he couldn't get his hemophilia medication due to these sanctions. There is already blood on the pro-sanctions crowd hands. Have you no shame sir? You might not be affiliated with anybody other than yourself but this is still wrong-headed. You want to help Iran start a charity. FIGHT against the sanctions, not FOR them. Although I doubt your stubborn generation will listen. No they are content to play armchair revolutionary while the people of Iran starve because you've done such a good job demonizing the government that you forgot to take care of the people.
          Comment on Will the Trump Administration Attack Iran? by euhuguenin      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
No, Iran is not going to haul off and attack Israel, either in Syria or Israel proper. It's government in Tehran is many things, but stupid is not one of them. What Israel is attempting to do is create a false flag, to be blamed on Iran, as the justification for attacking it, and bringing it the US in on its side, militarily. And unfortunately, Netanyahu's ventrilloquist dummy, here in the US, AKA President Trump, has just made it very painfully clear this morning, that the US's withdrawal from the P5+1, and the sanctions which will ensue, are the US government's prelude to a war against Iran. Just because something isn't the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do, is no guarantee that it will not do it, and President Trump's speech about the US withdrawing from the P5+1 deal, is no exception to this very dark reality. He is making claims about Iran's actions and capacities which bear absolutely no basis in reality. The IAEA, which is staffed by amazinglingly bright people, has looked at the suspected facility, and said that there is no "there" there. And if that is what the IAEA is telling the world, I would very much tend to believe them. What Netanyahu and Trump are doing is tantamount to calling members of the IAEA, in their inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities, idiots and liers, and members of this organization is neither. With a potential corruption indictment hanging over his head, Netanyahu is going to want to jump start this war as quickly as possible, which is most probably the reason President Trump made the decert announcement today, rather than wait until this coming Saturday, 12 May, which was the actual deadline. Look for this war to generate the revival of the draft in this country, and this time, the US military will be coming after both our young women, as well as our young men. And here is how I see the forces lining up; China, Russia, and Iran on one side, with the US; NATO, Saudi Arabia, and Israel on the other. There is no way that this will be allowed to stay regional; my sense is, it will go global in a heartbeat. Memo to Israeli Defense Minister Ya'alon: the American people have gotten extraordinarily tired of the demands, bullying, and blackmail the American government has received from the fully nuclear armed, viciously apartheid, theocracy which is what Israel has become in the 21st century. And we have one word for you: enough!! We will provide you no more American military to get slaughtered or maimed for life in the process of "neutralizing" all your alleged existential threats in the Middle East. And of course, as we both know, that includes all of your neighbors in the region. And on top of that, sir, we would appreciate it greatly if the US government immediately pull all financial and military aid from your country immediately, as all this aid is completely illegal under the Symington Amendment. We the people would like to see this accomplished and immediately, sir. The days of the host/parasite relationship between the Us government and that of Israel may well be coming to a very abrupt halt, and it is damn well about time, sir!!!
          John Kiriakou, When Twitter Decides Who Speaks (or Not)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

John Kiriakou

ensorship has become such a normal part of daily American life that most people either don’t pay attention to it or don’t care. But it’s taken on a life of its own, and it’s beginning to spin out of control. We must take back our constitutional right to freedom of speech and our civil liberties. 

     Many Americans laughed this week when Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube suspended the accounts of Alex Jones and InfoWars. Jones is well-known for his bombastic, conspiracy-laden, often offensive views on just about everything from the Sandy Hook massacre (no children were killed; they were all “crisis actors”) to the United Nations (it’s a hostile foreign power that maintains a secret army and will launch a war to install a one-world government) to so-called “chemtrails” and space aliens. (In the interest of transparency, I have appeared three times on InfoWars’ The Real News with David Knight. David is a mainstream Libertarian and a great supporter of whistleblowers.)
But the decision to ban Jones was not funny at all. You don’t have to agree with a single thing the man says to believe that he has the same fundamental right to freedom of speech that you and I have. When news of the ban broke on August 6, I was surprised at how few of my friends objected to it. Indeed, many gloated over it. I felt exactly the opposite. I was infuriated. And the next day, on August 7, Twitter permanently banned my friend Peter Van Buren from the site.
Van Buren is a renowned State Department whistleblower and 24-year Foreign Service veteran who also led a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Iraq. He has written extensively about waste, fraud, and abuse at the State Department, and he published a well-received memoir in 2012 entitled, “We Meant Well: How I Helped to Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People.” As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton tried mightily to fire Van Buren for that memoir, even though the State Department’s publications review staff approved its release. She tried to confiscate his pension. Only after a lawsuit on his behalf by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Government Accountability Project was he allowed to retire and to keep his pension.
Twitter, however, doesn’t have to answer to anybody. It’s a private company and it can do what it wants. Last week, Van Buren got involved in an acrimonious exchange about government lying with mainstream journalist Jonathan Katz, a freelancer who writes primarily for The New York Times, Politico, and Slate. Katz apparently reported Van Buren to Twitter, which quickly banned him for life, saying he had “harassed, intimidated, or used fear to silence” Katz. No such thing ever took place. Because of the permanent nature of the ban, every one of Van Buren’s tweets from the past seven years has been deleted.
Twitter’s action turns out to not have been limited to Alex Jones and a buddy of mine. The company went on yesterday to suspend the accounts of Scott Horton, a prominent radio host, director of Antiwar.com, and great friend of whistleblowers; and Dan McAdams, a highly-respected former congressional staff member and executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. I know both of these men well and I would stake my reputation on their decency, honesty, and integrity. Twitter suspended them because they came to Van Buren’s aid.
There’s an even worse result from Twitter’s actions. InfoWars this week had promoted a petitionasking President Trump to pardon Julian Assange. In just 48 hours, the petition was signed by nearly 40,000 people. It was all but killed when removed from Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
There’s a very serious issue at play here. Put aside your feelings about Alex Jones, about crisis actors, and about chemtrails. This is an issue of free speech. It’s an issue of corporate censorship. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other tech mega-companies are telling us that they get to decide what we see and don’t see. They get to decide what we say and don’t say.
I won’t live like that. Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), a group of retired intelligence officers, diplomats, military officers, and FBI agents, is writing a letter to Twitter’s leadership to protest these heavy-handed, anti-democratic actions. I’m proud to be a member of VIPS and I think that our collective voice will be heard. But VIPS can’t do it alone. Twitter and the others must be called to account. I, for one, don’t want to live like a North Korean, an Iranian, or even an Israeli or a Brit, where my government or a company tells me what to think or to say. I will boycott Twitter and speak out against it everywhere until it remedies these egregious attacks on civil liberties.





John Kiriakou is a former CIA counterterrorism officer and a former senior investigator with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. John became the sixth whistleblower indicted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act - a law designed to punish spies. He served 23 months in prison as a result of his attempts to oppose the Bush administration's torture program.

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Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel and the Israeli military responded with air strikes on Wednesday despite talk from both sides of progress toward a possible truce to avert a fourth war in a decade.

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Las fuerzas israelíes perpetraron un nuevo ataque contra el movimiento de resistencia palestino Hamas al norte de Gaza, dejando dos combatientes palestinos muertos. teleSUR https://videos.telesurtv.net/video/734190/nuevo-ataque-israeli-contra-hamas-deja-dos-muertos-en-gaza/

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El miércoles en la ciudad de Sderot, en el sur de Israel,

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Tướng Đỗ Bá Tỵ tại Ngũ Giác Đài, 23 tháng Bảy, 2018. (DoD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Angelita M. Lawrence)

Phải mất đến hai năm kể từ lúc Tổng thống Mỹ Barak Obama bất ngờ tuyên bố dỡ bỏ hoàn toàn lệnh cấm bán vũ khí sát thương cho Việt Nam vào tháng Năm năm 2016, Bộ Quốc phòng Việt Nam mới thỏa thuận được hợp đồng đầu tiên mua vũ khí của Mỹ, giá trị gần 100 triệu USD, dù chưa được tiết lộ là bao gồm các loại vũ khí nào và liệu có được Quốc hội Hoa Kỳ chuẩn thuận hay không.

Quốc hội Việt Nam đi mua vũ khí Mỹ?

Điều tréo ngoe là một lần nữa trong rất nhiều lần, tin tức trên được tiết lộ từ phía Mỹ, qua đài VOA, chứ không phải do chính thể Việt Nam vốn bị Tổ chức Minh bạch quốc tế (TI) xếp vào nhóm chót bảng thế giới về độ minh bạch.

Một sự thể oái oăm khác là đơn đặt hàng trên có vẻ không được giao kết bởi giới quan chức Bộ Quốc phòng Việt Nam, mà lại thông qua… Quốc hội nước này.

Trước khi tin tức trên xuất hiện trên VOA vào ngày 2/8/2018, đã có một chuyến công du đến Mỹ của Phó chủ tịch Quốc hội Việt Nam Đỗ Bá Tỵ. Khác với chuyến công du Hoa Kỳ trước đây vào năm 2013 trên cương vị Thứ trưởng Bộ quốc phòng Việt Nam, vào lần này Phó chủ tịch quốc hội Đỗ Bá Tỵ không phải thăm viếng lưỡng viện Hoa Kỳ mà đã đến thẳng Lầu Năm Góc - nơi ở đó quan chức này được đón tiếp bởi Thứ trưởng Bộ Quốc phòng Mỹ Patrick M. Shanahan vào ngày 23/7.

Tuy nhiên, chuyến công du Hoa Kỳ lần này của ông Tỵ chỉ được báo chí nhà nước Việt Nam tường thuật ngắn gọn đến mức khiến phát sinh dư luận cho rằng chẳng biết vị phó chủ tịch quốc hội này thực chất đi Mỹ để làm gì, hay chỉ là một chuyến du ngoạn như cái cách mà vào năm ngoái viên thứ trưởng Bộ quốc phòng Nguyễn Chí Vịnh đã đến Mỹ để trao trả vài lá thư thời chiến tranh Việt Nam cho cựu phi công bị bắn rơi là John McCain.

Trước đại hội 12 của đảng cầm quyền ở Việt Nam vào đầu năm 2016, Đỗ Bá Tỵ mang cấp hàng đại tướng, là Thứ trưởng Bộ Quốc phòng. Tuy nhiên vì bị xem là ‘cánh Nguyễn Tấn Dũng’ (thủ tướng Việt Nam khi đó), ông tướng quân đội Đỗ Bá Tỵ đã bị điều chuyển sang Quốc hội làm cấp phó cho bà Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân ăn mặc diêm dúa ngay sau đại hội 12.

Cuộc gặp của Đỗ Bá Tỵ với Patrick M. Shanahan trong cuộc gặp cuối tháng Bảy năm 2018 lại đề cập đến hàng loạt vấn đề thuộc khối quốc phòng, chứ không phải là nội dung của quốc hội, như an ninh trên biển, gìn giữ hòa bình, quân y và an ninh mạng, và đặc biệt là Biển Đông – một chủ đề đang rất nhanh chóng biến thành mối xung đột tay ba Mỹ - Trung - Việt.

Trong khi chuyến công du Hoa Kỳ của Đỗ Bá Tỵ vẫn còn gây nghi ngờ trong giới quan sát chính trị về vai trò của ông Tỵ không biết về thực chất là Phó chủ tịch quốc hội hay ‘Đại tướng’ thay mặt cho Bộ Quốc phòng Việt Nam, chỉ hai tuần sau đó, một quan chức Bộ Ngoại giao Mỹ bất ngờ khẳng định với VOA tiếng Việt rằng Việt Nam có các hợp đồng mua các thiết bị quân sự với Hoa Kỳ trị giá tới 94,7 triệu đôla.

Quan chức này nói thêm: “Tuy nhiên, chúng tôi lưu ý rằng Việt Nam hiện có 24 trường hợp trong chương trình Mua bán Quân sự Nước ngoài với tổng trị giá là 69,7 triệu đôla”.

Theo VOA Việt Ngữ, các vụ này đã được thông báo cho Quốc hội Mỹ và đang trong các giai đoạn khác nhau để triển khai và chuyển giao cho Việt Nam. Trong khoảng thời gian từ năm 2012 tới 2017, Bộ Ngoại giao Mỹ cũng đã cho phép Việt Nam mua các mặt hàng quân sự, trong đó có các thiết bị điện tử quân sự, trị giá 25 triệu đôla thông qua chương trình Mua bán Thương mại Trực tiếp. Mua bán Quân sự Nước ngoài (FMS) và Mua bán Thương mại Trực tiếp (DCS) là hai chương trình chính để Hoa Kỳ chuyển giao các dịch vụ và thiết bị quốc phòng cho đồng minh và đối tác. Cụ thể, FMS là một chương trình chuyển giao giữa hai chính phủ. Theo đó, Bộ Ngoại giao Mỹ thông qua đơn đặt hàng, rồi đối tác trả tiền cho thiết bị và Bộ Quốc phòng Mỹ sử dụng hệ thống của mình để mua rồi chuyển cho đối tác. Trong khi đó, theo chương trình DCS, đối tác đạt thỏa thuận với một nhà sản xuất Mỹ, nhưng nhà sản xuất phải được Bộ Ngoại giao Hoa Kỳ cấp giấy phép thông qua vụ mua bán trước khi chuyển giao thiết bị…

Đến lúc này, vai trò đi Mỹ của Đỗ Bá Tỵ đã dần lộ ra: Bộ Chính trị Việt Nam muốn cho ông Tỵ ‘sắm hai vai’ - vừa lập lờ trong tư thế ‘cựu thứ trưởng quốc phòng’ để làm việc với Bộ Quốc phòng Mỹ về mua vũ khí, vừa trong vai trò một quan chức cao cấp của Quốc hội để vận động Quốc hội Hoa Kỳ mau chóng thông qua chương trình cho Việt Nam mua vũ khí của Mỹ.

Trong khi đó, đã không có bất kỳ quan chức lãnh đạo nào của Bộ Quốc phòng Việt Nam xuất hiện để ký kết với Mỹ về mua vũ khí.

Vì sao thế?

‘Đảng anh’ và ‘đảng em’

Lý do đơn giản và dễ hiểu nhất vẫn là lời truyền miệng dân gian đương đại: ‘đảng em’ Việt Nam luôn lo ngại và sợ hãi ‘đảng anh’ Trung Quốc. Bối cảnh Biển Đông đang khá nhanh lao vào không khí xung đột giữa Mỹ với Trung Quốc và đương nhiên kéo theo kẻ phải chịu số phận ‘lời nguyền địa lý’ là Việt Nam đã luôn khiến Bộ Chính trị đảng Việt Nam nhất cử nhất động đều sợ sệt Bắc Kinh.

Một trong những bằng chứng hùng hồn nhất về ý chí tăng trưởng đến mức á khẩu như thế là kể từ đầu năm 2016 khi quân đội Trung Quốc đưa tên lửa ra đảo Phú Lâm thuộc quần đảo Hoàng Sa - nơi mà từ năm 1974 đến nay chỉ còn tồn tại trên bản đồ hành chính Việt Nam như tên gọi một địa danh, Bộ Quốc phòng Việt Nam đã chẳng hề dám công bố bất kỳ thông tin nào về động tác trả đũa, dù rằng vào nửa cuối năm 2016 cơ quan rất có năng khiếu về ‘kinh tế quốc phòng’ này - như công trình sân golf Tân Sơn Nhất gây bão tố dư luận xã hội - đã được báo chí phương Tây phát hiện đã đưa tên lửa ra quần đảo Trường Sa nhằm ‘dằn mặt’ Trung Quốc.

Chỉ sau cơn khủng hoảng mang tên ‘Hải Dương 981’ vào năm 2014 và sau vụ tên lửa Trung Quốc năm 2016, đến gần đây mới hiện ra những bằng chứng cho thấy chính thể Việt Nam và quân đội bị xem là không có mấy tinh thần ‘sẵn sàng chiến đấu’ của nước này muốn gia cố lại hệ thống vũ khí và khí tài quân sự đã khá lạc hậu sau nhiều năm dùng của Liên Xô.

Một trong những bằng chứng quan tâm đến vũ khí phương Tây là sau khi được dỡ bỏ lệnh cấm mua vũ khí sát thương, Việt Nam đã âm thầm mua chịu nửa tỷ USD tín dụng quân sự của Ấn Độ và hỏa tiễn của Israel - đều là những đồng minh quân sự của Mỹ.

Thế nhưng lịch sử quá ngắn ngủi về ‘mua vũ khí Mỹ’ của Việt Nam lại không hề thuận buồm xuôi gió, đặc biệt quá kém tính trong sáng.

‘Lại quả’

Vào tháng Tám năm 2017, đài VOA dẫn lại một phát hiện độc đáo trong bài viết có tựa đề “Quan chức Việt Nam đòi Mỹ ‘lại quả’ từ các hợp đồng mua vũ khí”.

‘Lại quả’ là một từ lóng thuộc về dân làm ăn khuất tất, chạy chọt và hối lộ ở miền Bắc Việt Nam.

Theo đó, một hãng tin tình báo quốc phòng của Anh đã tiết lộ rằng các quan chức chính phủ Việt Nam yêu cầu các đối tác của Mỹ trả 25% hoa hồng cho các thương vụ mua bán vũ khí.

Thông tin của Shephard Media trích dẫn một nguồn tin quốc phòng của Mỹ cho biết các giới chức quốc phòng Việt Nam thông báo cho phái đoàn của Mỹ ở Hà Nội rằng các thương vụ mua bán vũ khí phải được “lại quả” 1/4 của tổng giá trị. Cũng theo nguồn tin này, cuộc họp đã “đột ngột dừng lại” sau khi phía Việt Nam đưa ra yêu cầu đó. Nguồn tin quốc phòng Mỹ cho Shephard Media biết thông tin này tại một Hội nghị và triển lãm phòng thủ hàng hải IMDEX được tổ chức ở Singapore tháng 5/2017…

Chưa đầy 1/% của ‘12 tỷ đô thương mại’!

Ngân sách quốc phòng của Việt Nam đã tăng từ 1,3 tỷ đôla lên đến 4,6 tỷ đôla (tăng 258%) trong vòng 10 năm, từ năm 2006 - 2015, và hiện thời chiếm khoảng 9% tổng chi ngân sách quốc gia.

Tuy nhiên, ngày càng nhiều thông tin cho biết ngân sách quốc phòng phải “giật gấu vá vai” trong những năm qua, đặc biệt trong bối cảnh ngân sách quốc gia có xu hướng cạn kiệt nhanh chóng và Việt Nam đặc biệt thiếu ngoại tệ để nhập khẩu hàng hóa và trả nợ nước ngoài.

Nói cách khác, Việt Nam đang rơi vào hố trũng hết tiền. Hết tiền cho nhiều chương trình, dự án đầu tư phát triển và cho cả quốc phòng.

Hẳn đó là nguồn cơn sâu xa vì sao những bản hợp đồng đầu tiên của Việt Nam mua vũ khí Mỹ chưa đầy 100 triệu USD - chỉ bằng chưa đầy 1/% so với giá trị các hợp đồng thương mại trên danh nghĩa mà chưa có cơ sở nào để coi là thực chất - mà Thủ tướng Phúc đã mang nụ cười cầu tài mang đến Washington tháng Năm năm 2017 để ve vuốt Tổng thống Trump.


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Angreifer können Nachrichten manipulieren.
Sicherheitsexperten haben eine Schwachstelle im beliebten Messengerdienst WhatsApp entdeckt, durch die Nachrichten manipuliert werden können. Wie die israelische Sicherheitsfirma CheckPoint am Mittwoch mitteilte, sind sowohl Gruppenchats als auch Privatkonversationen betroffen.
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Un palestino murió y al menos ocho resultaron heridos por bombardeos israelíes tras una nueva escalada militar en Gaza por el lanzamiento de 70 cohetes desde la Franja y la respuesta del Ejército, que atacó más de una docena puestos del movimiento islamista Hamás, informaron fuentes médicas palestinas....
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Ich zitiere mal aus der GAR 2787: "2787 (XXVI). Importance of the universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination and of the speedy granting of independence to colonial countries and peoples for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights" ("Bedeutung der universellen Verwirklichung des Rechts der Völker auf Selbstbestimmung und der raschen Gewährung von Unabhängigkeit an Kolonialstaaten und Völker für die wirksame Gewährleistung und Einhaltung der Menschenrechte") <blockquote> <blockquote> Unter Bekräftigung der unveräußerlichen Rechte aller Völker, insbesondere Simbabwes, Namibias, Angolas, Mosambiks und Guinea-Bissaus und des palästinensischen Volkes, auf Freiheit, Gleichheit und Selbstbestimmung sowie der Legitimität ihrer Kämpfe zur Wiederherstellung dieser Rechte,, </blockquote> </blockquote> [...] <blockquote> <blockquote> Bekräftigt die Rechtmäßigkeit des Kampfes der Völker um Selbstbestimmung und Befreiung von kolonialer und fremder Herrschaft und Unterwerfung, insbesondere im südlichen Afrika und insbesondere der Völker Simbabwes, Namibias, Angolas, Mosambiks und Guineas (Bissau) sowie des palästinensischen Volkes, mit allen verfügbaren Mitteln im Einklang mit der Charta der Vereinten Nationen; </blockquote> </blockquote> Quelle: https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/RESOLUTION/GEN/NR0/328/03/IMG/NR032803.pdf?OpenElement Ein Okkupant hat nach dem Völkerrecht die Verpflichtung, in Friedensverhandlungen nach gutem Glauben einzutreten. Er hat das Recht, die herrschenden Gesetze des besetzten Landes mit polizeilichen Methoden umzusetzen. Er hat kein Recht, eine Gewaltherrschaft mit militärischen Mitteln zu verteidigen. Kurzum: Die Palästinenser dürfen tun, was sie tun, wenn sie sich an das Kriegsrecht halten. Die Israelis haben das Recht abzuziehen.
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http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/israel-raketenangriff-aus-dem-gazastreifen-mindestens-ein-verletzter-a-1222296.html Der Klassiker der Propagandas durch Unterdrückung und Weglassung wichtiger Gesamtzusammenhänge. Bei dem proisraelischen Lügenblatt "Lügel"-Online übrigens nichts Neues, sondern System. Aus dem Zusammenhang gerissen werden dem geneigten Leser die Schlagzeilen um die Ohren gehauen, dass die unverbesserlichen und judenhassenden Fanatiker von der HAMAS mal wieder völlig unprovoziert auf das unschuldige Opferlamm Israel Raketen abgefeuert habe. Dass die Faschisten in Hell AVIV seit Jahr und Tag sich pausenlos mordend an einer weitgehend unbewaffneten Zivilbevölkerung vergehen, verschweigt das Drecksblatt geflissentlich. Auch, dass ständig Provokationen durch Luftangriffe, Panzervorstöße und tägliche Morde der zionistischen Soldateska an Jugendlichen und Kindern geschieht unterdrückt das Lügenblatt gezielt. Das war schon seit mindestens 30 Jahren so beim Thema ISRAHELL und Palästina, seitdem ich die Inhalte von Spiegel und Spon verfolgte. Also kann man getrost sagen, dass der Spiegel ein klar proisraelische Agenda verfolgt und daher immer schon Propaganda für das Regime in Tel Aviv machte.
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Israel plans to expand one of its illegal West Bank settlements to triple its current size, a move which will absorb a nearby illegal outpost previously home to the Dawabsheh family’s killer. Under the plans [...]

The post Israel to Expand Illegal Settlement to Include Home of Dawabsheh Killer appeared first on Palestine Chronicle.


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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit ALLISON AUBREY, HOST: Over the decades of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, thousands of people have been killed. Many more, though, have been injured. And the injuries take place frequently, even in times when there's not an all-out war. NPR's Emily Harris got the numbers for those times and looked at the impact. And a warning here - you may find some of the descriptions in this story graphic. EMILY HARRIS, BYLINE: Small waves from the Mediterranean Sea lap the sand in Gaza's main fishing port. Dozens of low, wooden boats line the shore. Before dawn on March 11, 2007, Palestinian Sami Goga was out on his boat trolling for sardines. Then shots rang out of the darkness. SAMI GOGA: (Through interpreter) We were not in the water when we were hit. We made it back to shore. The Israelis kept shooting at us when we got on land. HARRIS: The unseen shooter was presumably with the Israeli military. Israel's navy patrols the sea off Gaza and enforces with
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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is relatively quiet right now. After several months of attacks and killings that started last October, Israeli officials say that wave of violence has tapered off. If this trend stays on track, it could mark yet another time that intense, headline-grabbing violence has surged, then waned, in this decades-long conflict. In other words, it looks like things are returning to a period of relative calm with no war or uprising. But a close look at those so-called calm periods over time shows the killing rarely ever stops. Here's a fact that reveals the persistence of this fight: In the 128 months from February 2005 through September 2015 — almost 11 years — only four months saw no one killed in conflict-related violence. NPR has examined more than a decade of data detailing Israeli fatalities — tracked by Israel's Foreign Ministry and its internal intelligence agency, the Shin Bet — and Palestinian fatalities tallied by OCHA , a United Nations agency charged
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In recent years the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been playing out on a battleground that's barely a couple square inches in size. It's the labels of consumer goods produced in areas under Israeli occupation. Last year the European Union, for example, instructed member countries to not allow imports of products from Jewish settlements in the West Bank to be labeled as, "Made in Israel." The European Union, like the U.S. considers the settlements illegal. Instead, certain products have to be specifically marked as coming from settlements in the West Bank. This infuriated Israel. Members of the U.S. Congress denounced the move and considered legislation to counter it. In its fine print, labeling touches some of the most sensitive issues of the conflict. It's about who has sovereignty over land. And to understand where the labeling issue started we turn back 30 years, to an experimental Palestinian lingerie factory launched in the 1980s. Then, as now, Israeli farmers and factories
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At a long table in the Level Up restaurant, 11 stories above Gaza City, Basil Eleiwa got a cake with a sparkling candle on top — to honor his eatery's second birthday. "We opened two or three weeks before the 2014 war," Level Up's founder and co-owner notes, referring to the conflict that began in July 2014 between Israel and Hamas, the militant Islamist group that runs the Gaza strip. The restaurant had closed during the seven weeks of fighting. "The building was hit a number of times," Eleiwa says. "It didn't fall down." Since then, he says business has been "sort of steady." On this night, a dozen or so customers have arrived for iftar dinner, to break their daily fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Among them are recently married couple Ramzy Nashwan, 24, and Malak Mahdouna, 20. They come about once a week to enjoy themselves at what Nashwan calls the "only place that's fancy" in Gaza. They can afford to eat here because he has a decent job as a hotel manager, Nashwan
          Here's Why Israel's New Defense Minister Is So Controversial       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
After a week of intense negotiations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a deal Wednesday to bring the right-wing nationalist party, Israel Our Home, into an expanded coalition government. Under the agreement, party leader Avigdor Lieberman — a polarizing figure inside and outside Israel — will become defense minister, arguably the second most important job in the country after Netanyahu's own position. Israel's Maariv newspaper, right-wing itself, dubbed this Israel's "most right-wing and extremist" government in the country's 68-year history. While this designation is open to debate, Lieberman's appointment comes as growing nationalist policies are inflaming divisions within Israel and with the Palestinians. Who is Avigdor Lieberman? Lieberman, a secular, nationalist politician, grew up in the former Soviet Union and immigrated to Israel when he was 20. He became involved in politics early on, joining the rightist Likud before forming his own party, Israel Our Home
          In Israeli Kindergartens, An Early Lesson In The Holocaust      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Starting Wednesday night at sunset, Israel marked Holocaust Remembrance Day. Commemorations continued in schools around the country Thursday, including in kindergarten classes. This year, Israel is fully implementing a Holocaust curriculum for kindergartners. "We need to teach the kindergarten teachers what to do on Yom Hashoah, because they have to make sense of the day," says Yael Richler-Friedman, using the Hebrew name for the remembrance day. She is a teacher trainer at Yad Vashem, Israel's World Holocaust Remembrance Center, and she helped write the kindergarten materials. They are part of a new comprehensive Holocaust studies program for Israeli students of all ages that was unveiled two years ago . The program took time to take root, Richler-Friedman says, in part because of bureaucracy, but also because of the difficult subject. "A lot of times, I see teachers and they say, 'Don't speak with me about it,' " she says. The teachers tell her, "It will take me to dark places. I don
          Is This Week's Jerusalem Suicide Bombing A Warning Of More To Come?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Shortly before 6 p.m. on Monday, a bomb went off on a bus in Jerusalem, triggering bad memories for many Israelis. This type of attack had not happened in recent years. Blocks away from the explosion, people paced the sidewalks, talking on cellphones or watching the small screens for flashes of information about what happened. They saw black smoke twist into the sky and heard ongoing sirens as medics, police and soldiers raced to the scene. Twenty-one people were injured in the explosion, including a 19-year-old Palestinian man, Abdel Hamid Abu Srour. He died the next day, the only fatality from the bombing. Israeli officials say Abu Srour carried the bomb onto the bus, and they dubbed this a suicide bombing. It's still not clear whether suicide was indeed his intent, but that may matter less for Israeli security than whether he acted alone. The individual bomber is "not so important" says Barak Ben-Zur, a counter-terrorism expert at Israel's Interdisciplinary Center and a former top
          #NPRreads: 3 Stories To Go Beyond Headlines This Weekend      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. Each weekend, we highlight some of the best stories. From Emily Harris, Middle East correspondent: I read Carol Jahshan's reflections on her three months in Israel through to the end without stopping. I wanted to absorb each of her precise descriptions of her experience — a Lebanese woman temporarily living here. Jahshan grew up in Beirut. She became American as an adult, and so brought that with her too. And she had roots here: Her father had been born in what is now the Israeli city of Haifa in 1948, the year Israel declared independence and hundreds of thousands of Arabs, including his family, fled or were forced to flee. What most stuck with me was how Jahshan, over three months, managed to discover and hold multiple truths at once in this place that so often shouts that
          #NPRreads: 3 Stories To Go Beyond Headlines This Weekend      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. Each weekend, we highlight some of the best stories. From Emily Harris, Middle East correspondent: I read Carol Jahshan's reflections on her three months in Israel through to the end without stopping. I wanted to absorb each of her precise descriptions of her experience — a Lebanese woman temporarily living here. Jahshan grew up in Beirut. She became American as an adult, and so brought that with her too. And she had roots here: Her father had been born in what is now the Israeli city of Haifa in 1948, the year Israel declared independence and hundreds of thousands of Arabs, including his family, fled or were forced to flee. What most stuck with me was how Jahshan, over three months, managed to discover and hold multiple truths at once in this place that so often shouts that
          In Gaza, A Few New, Shiny Homes Rise Amid The Rubble       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Hytham Harara is happy to show off his family's freshly rebuilt home in Gaza City's Shujaya neighborhood, one of the areas badly battered in the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, the militant Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip. The outside of the house is painted buttercream yellow, trimmed with red and tan. Inside, there's an artistic stone inlay on the floor of the living room, a stylized nightingale mural on one wall, and ornate wooden doors. They create a world far removed from much of the rubble that remains just outside. "My father likes a house that is beautiful and relaxing to live in," says Harara, 21, the second-eldest son and an English literature major at Gaza's Islamic University. The family returned home a couple months ago, after a year-and-a-half crammed into a rental across town. But rebuilt homes in this area are just dots among bombed out shells and stalled construction starts. Gaza is rebuilding yet again. Even since the Palestinians launched an uprising in
          Can Israelis And Palestinians Change Their Minds?       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
What makes people change their minds? About the really hard stuff. Covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the past three years, I've often wondered if people here ever do. This conflict is frequently described as "intractable," with neither side willing to give up their historical perspective or their entrenched positions to end it. And it does not take many interviews to hear repetitions of the same sweeping narrative repeated on each side. Palestinians from different places cite the same historical events to back their views. Israelis who have never met each other use similar turns of phrase. "People have a lot of [psychological] resources invested in what they believe about the conflict," says Thomas Zeitzoff, a political scientist at American University in Washington, D.C., who has researched Israeli and Palestinian attitudes. He says the high political stakes and emotional involvement make it hard for Israelis and Palestinians to change their minds. But there have been
          For One Palestinian Woman, There Will Not Be Peace      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: From a distance, the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians never seems to change. Up close, it changes a lot. And that includes changes in the minds of the participants. NPR's Emily Harris has been talking with people who've changed their views, and they include a Palestinian woman who lives on the West Bank. EMILY HARRIS, BYLINE: Abla Masrujeh's hometown is the ancient city of Nablus. By the late 1980s, it had become a hotbed of Palestinian resistance to Israeli rule. As a young pharmacist there, Masrujeh joined that resistance. She helped Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers. She closed up the pharmacy when Israeli tax collectors came around - like the rest of the town, refusing to pay. It seemed this pattern might go on forever until 1993, when news broke of a secret peace deal. Masrujeh was 20 years old and as shocked as anyone. For the first time, she imagined a life without conflict. ABLA MASRUJEH:
          A Palestinian Takes A Different Road In His Fight      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Editor's Note: In a conflict that dates back generations, Israelis and Palestinians rarely change their positions or their minds. NPR's Emily Harris, who has reported from Jerusalem since 2013, explores what prompts a relative few to adopt a new perspective. This is one of several stories. Bassam Aramin was not born hating Israel, but he learned young. He was 5 or 6 years old the first time he saw Israeli soldiers. This was about a decade after the 1967 war, when Israel captured the West Bank. Aramin's large family lived an ancient lifestyle. Like many families in the area, their home was in a cave in the south, near Hebron. They farmed for a living. The soldiers arrived by helicopter — a strange creature to the young boy's eyes — and crossed the valley to his home on foot, Aramin remembers. During a conversation he could not follow, one soldier, he says, slapped his older cousin. "In his face," Aramin remembers. "It's like a shot." He cowered beside his mother, watching his aunt yell
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The Israel Airport Authority has opened a cyber defense center at Ben Gurion International Airport following a dramatic increase in the number of cyberattacks on airport systems.

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From all my garden writing and various other comments, you might conclude that we grow a lot of zucchini. That would be correct! And yet, somehow, I don't have many varietal reports for zucchini. This should help fix that!

The troubles I refer to below to which zucchini are subject, are squash bugs, cucumber beetles, and powdery mildew. Other people complain of vine-borers but thus far *spits, knocks wood* we have been spared that pest. Pretty much all squash, cucumbers and some melons are prone to these ailments in a greater or lesser degree, and they must be regarded philosophically. 


Golden Zucchini:

In the photo above; do I even have to say which one? Oh, all right - on the left. 

We've grown this every year since almost the beginning, in spite of some frustrations with it. The colour is lovely, and our mothers can be relied on to pounce on them whenever one turns up in the offerings. That's not quite as often as we would like, because this is not the most productive variety, and the fruits tend to run a little on the smaller side.  But golden! And a very pleasant flavour. The other problem is that some plants produce reasonably steadily and others just sit there doing nothing much; we generally plant 2 and between them can expect to get some golden zucchini. They are otherwise no more or less trouble-prone than other varieties, and in keeping with their smaller size as fruits the bushes are fairly compact as well. Should be about 55 days to maturity. In spite of this apparently late date I think our second zucchini of the summer was a Golden one, so not that far off the others.

I'm not aware of another readily available open-pollinated golden variety of zucchini, and even hybrid versions seem a bit sparse. I'd give one a try, given the limitations of this one, but the lack of choices suggest that if you want a yellow zucchini, this is in fact as good as it gets.

It was introduced in 1973 by Burpee, "from material supplied by Dr. Oved Shifress". Burpee used to be a fine old American company producing better things than anthracnose infected beans (grrr, I am pretty sure that's where I picked up my nasty case of bean plague). Some people claim it as an heirloom variety, although that seems to be pushing the meaning of heirloom a bit far to me.

I can't find much information about Dr. Shifress, beyond his association with Burpee and Rutgers University, but that he emigrated to Israel in the 1940s. That suggests Burpee spent up to 30 years working on this variety; a considerable investment of time. It may also explain why no-one has come up with a better version yet.

Black Beauty Zucchini:

Also in the photo above, on the right. It is also prosaically known as "Dark Green" which is a more technically accurate description of the colour, but lacking in that marketing oomph.

This is probably the most widely-available standard open-pollinated zucchini in North America, and has been available as seeds to gardeners since the 1930s, although it finally seems to be being supplanted by newer varieties. This site say introduced by the Jerome B. Rice Seed Co. in 1931, and that it won the All American Selection in 1957. I'm comfortable calling this one an heirloom variety, although given its long history I suspect it has been improved over the years. It is so widely popular because it is quite early to start producing - 50 days to maturity - very productive, and resilient in the garden. The flavour is good - what we expect zucchini to taste like, in fact, given its ubiquity - but there are better tasting varieties out there. (Cocozelle and its selection Costata Romanesco come to mind at once.) Still, we grow it most years and are happy to eat it. Best a little on the smaller side.



Mutabile Zucchini:

This is a new one to us this year; we got the seeds from Hawthorn Farm.  It is the top zucchini in the above photo.

As you can see, this is very much in the style of Black Beauty. It is still an open pollinated variety, although it seems to be of fairly recent origin. I can trace its voyage to Hawthorn Farm back through Adaptive Seeds and Turtle Tree Seed in the U.S. to Sativa-Reinau in Switzerland. It is not clear to me whether they were the breeders of this variety or not; very possibly.

The main advantage of this over Black Beauty is the open structure of the plant which apparently contributes to it being resistant to mildew. Since we have not yet hit mildew season here, I cannot comment. The above mentioned seed companies all seem to be very impressed though. Like Black Beauty, it should start producing in about 50 days. It is on the larger side of average for a zucchini bush. The stems do feel faintly fuzzy rather than prickly, but I'm not sure how that really affects things. I guess if you are a market gardener picking zucchini for hours it makes life more pleasant, but I worry that it makes them less resistant to bugs. Since we haven't had any significant squash pests in the last few years I have no data. So far, they are a good, productive standard zucchini. I'm not even growing Black Beauty this year - we were out of seeds and bought these instead - so I cannot do a direct comparison. My impression is that they are at least as productive and probably more so. We are likely to continue to replace Black Beauty with this variety.

Dunja F1 Hybrid Zucchini:

We got this one from William Dam, and this is the second year we have grown it. It is the bottom zucchini in the above photo.

Mr. Ferdzy had a grump last year about vegetable seeds, and decided he wanted to try a bunch of hybrids. This was one of them. As usual with hybrids, I am just not that impressed. I mean, it's fine. It's a nice compact plant and really quite productive. The zucchini are pretty much indistinguishable from Black Beauty for looks and flavour. It's supposed to have intermediate resistance to powdery mildew, papaya ringspot virus, watermelon mosaic virus, and zucchini yellow mosaic virus. Since we have had none of those diseases in the 2 years we've grown it, I cannot comment except for the powdery mildew. Again, Dunja comes with an open plant habit and lack of spines. My impression last year was that powdery mildew hit hard overnight towards the end of August bringing the production of zucchini by any and all plants to a complete halt simultaneously, including Dunja. So, no on that one. I was quite annoyed as I expect to get zucchini into September. It was, I guess, a bad year for mildew since it was so cool and damp overall. But I can't say that I think slightly improved production on a compact plant justifies the kind of price that gets charged for hybrid seed. 

We'll plant what we have left of this (maybe nothing because there sure weren't a lot of seeds in the packet) and go back to open pollinated varieties. William Dam says 43 days to maturity, which is certainly very early. I think it was the first to produce this year, but I wouldn't say by a week; only a couple of days so that sounds a bit optimistic too. On the other hand a study from Cornell found that Dunja is quite good at setting squash without being pollinated by insects, so if you are struggling with a lack of pollinators you may wish to try this one. Again, this is obviously a newer variety and as far as I can find it comes from a Dutch company called Vitalis



Cocozelle / Costata Romanesca:

I was a bit amazed to realize I don't seem to have ever reviewed this variety. All three zucchini in the above photo are Costata Romanesca. 

Costata Romanesca seems to be a particular selection of an Italian type generally known as Cocozelle. I've grown zucchini labelled Cocozelle in the past, and my impression is that while the two were not completely identical, they were similar enough that either would do. The striped, slightly fluted fruit is quite distinctive. The flesh is a creamier yellow than most other zucchini I have had, and for flavour they leave all the others in the dust. The texture is also extremely superior and these are nicer raw than any other variety I have had.

So why doesn't everyone grow Cocozelle, Cocozelle, and nothing but Cocozelle? Well, as usual, there are trade-offs. First of all, this is not a compact plant. I'd still describe it as bush rather than a vine (like Tatume), but pretty much by the skin of its teeth. By the end of the season you can expect to be picking zucchini at least 6 feet from where the plant first emerged from the soil. It's also doesn't have an open habit, or lack of prickles, or whatever. Some people describe it as positively sticky. For all the space that it takes up, you don't get more squash than with the compact bush varieties; a bit less even. At 52 days to maturity, it's on the late side - although I will note that you are not waiting more than a week from the earliest varieties to start picking these, which isn't that long in the grand scheme of things. Besides the distinctive ribbing, they are likely to be a slightly ungainly shape compared to more modern varieties. 

But really, when all is said and done, this is a variety I recommend to just about everyone. Only a great deal of space pressure would induce me to give it up for another variety. We do plant other varieties, for different colours or earlier production, but I just wouldn't want to be without this one. It is the best.

 It is said to have decent powdery mildew resistance but as usual, not that I've ever noticed.
          Konflikte: Ein Toter und mehrere Verletzte an Gaza-Grenze      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Gaza (dpa) - An der Grenze zum Gazastreifen ist bei neuerlicher Gewalt ein Palästinenser getötet worden, mindestens elf Menschen wurden verletzt. Die israelische Armee attackierte nach eigenen Angaben zwölf Ziele im Gazastreifen, nachdem zuvor rund 70 Raketen von dort in Richtung Israel abgefeuert worden seien. Elf Raketen seien abgefangen worden, die meisten seien auf freiem Gelände gelandet. Bei den israelischen Gegenattacken wurde ein Palästinenser getötet, acht weitere wurden verletzt.
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Gaza (dpa) - An der Grenze zum Gazastreifen sind bei neuerlicher Gewalt mindestens sieben Menschen verletzt worden. Drei Israelis wurden nach israelischen Angaben infolge palästinensischen Raketenbeschusses verletzt. Demnach waren zuvor mindestens 36 Raketen aus dem Gazastreifen in Richtung Israel abgefeuert worden. Vier Raketen seien abgefangen worden, die meisten seien auf freiem Gelände gelandet. Bei israelischen Gegenattacken seien vier Palästinenser verletzt worden, teilte das Gesundheitsministerium in Gaza mit.
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Sunset from the Cave at the Beach by ITG photography


the Dwarves' Cave, Palmachim Beach, Israel Sunset from the Cave at the Beach (2)


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Dass sich der US-Präsident pro-israelischer positioniert als sein Vorgänger, ist keine Überraschung
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Six months before the U.S. and Israel are due to withdraw from the UN's cultural agency, UNESCO, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a rare phone call with the director general of the agency, Audrey Azoulay. Netanyahu might meet Azoulay next month to discuss the possibility of Israel remaining in the organization.

Why it matters: Last October, the Trump administration announced the U.S. would withdraw from UNESCO by the end of 2018, due in part to perceived anti-Israeli bias. Two months later, a day after the UN general assembly condemned President Trump's Jerusalem announcement, Israel decided to join the U.S. in withdrawing. A senior Israeli official tells me Israel's calculations might now be changing.


  • The senior official said Netanyahu initiated the call to Azoulay three weeks ago to thank her for her efforts in fighting anti-Israeli bias in the agency and to commend her for the fact UNESCO did not condemn Israel in its two latest sessions, in April and July.
  • The Israeli official said Azoulay invited him to participate in a special UNESCO meeting on fighting anti-Semitism.
  • UNESCO's director general also told Netanyahu she is making efforts to change the way Israel has been treated in UNESCO, and added that she would like to meet him in New York in September to discuss the possibility of postponing Israel's withdrawal from the organization.

Where things stand: The Israeli official said it is likely the two will meet but a Netanayhu aide told me there is no decision on the issue yet.

  • Israeli officials told me one of the ideas being considered in Israel is to postpone Israel's withdrawal from UNESCO by 6-12 months in order to see if the positive trends in the organization continue. Israel's ambassador to UNESCO Carmel Shama-Hacohen told the Israeli press in June that he thinks it is worth reconsidering the withdrawal.
  • But the Israeli officials also say any Israeli decision to change course will have to be discussed with the Trump administration. Israeli officials are not sure how the U.S. would react to such a move.
"We can't ignore the Americans and we have to take their position into account before deciding if we stay or leave."
Senior Israeli official

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Gaza - An der Grenze zum Gazastreifen ist bei neuerlicher Gewalt ein Palästinenser getötet worden, mindestens elf Menschen wurden verletzt. Die israelische Armee attackierte nach eigenen Angaben zwölf Ziele im Gazastreifen, nachdem zuvor rund 70 Raketen von dort in Richtung Israel abgefeuert worden seien. Elf Raketen seien abgefangen worden, die meisten seien auf freiem Gelände gelandet. Bei den israelischen Gegenattacken wurde ein Palästinenser getötet, acht weitere wurden verletzt.
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Die Lage an der Grenze zwischen Israel und dem Gazastreifen hat sich erneut deutlich zugespitzt: Aus dem von der radikalislamischen Hamas beherrschten Palästinensergebiet wurden am Mittwochabend
          Dozens of rockets fired at south; IDF pounds Hamas targets in Gaza      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Residents of southern Israel told to stay near bomb shelters as military strikes ‘terror targets’ in the Strip, including factory reportedly used to build attack tunnels By Judah Ari Gross 8 August 2018, 10:02 pm https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-strikes-hamas-posts-in-gaza-as-fresh-rocket-sirens-sound-in-south/ Dozens of rockets and mortar shells were fired at southern Israeli communities from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday night […]
          Jewish Children and Adults Hurt as Dozens of Rockets Fired at Israel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By Hana Levi Julian 28 Av 5778 – August 8, 2018 http://www.jewishpress.com/news/terrorism-news/rockets-from-gaza/jewish-children-and-adults-hurt-as-dozens-of-rockets-fired-at-israel/2018/08/08/ Photo Credit: Nati Shohat / Flash 90 Rockets fired from Gaza into Israel as seen from Sderot. More than a dozen Israelis were hurt Wednesday night as Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization launched a massive, evening-long rocket attack on southern Israel. Magen David Adom […]
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Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel and the Israeli military responded with air strikes on Wednesday despite talk from both sides of progress towards a possible truce to avert a fourth war in a decade.

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Israeli jets struck a dozen targets in the Gaza Strip Wednesday night as more than 70 rockets were launched toward the Jewish state from the Hamas-controlled region.
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WORLD MONTAGE, One minute of various images from around the world. DEAD SEA, ISRAEL, Float on the Dead Sea. Eight times more salt than the ocean. Visitors from worldwide come to seek wellness from the water and healing black mud.
SNAKE CHARMER OF MALAYSIA, A dying breed, these snake charmers risk their lives to entertain audiences. frequently bitten by cobras and pit vipers, they still play a dangerous game! Have you had a 22 foot long python coiled around your body lately???
DIVE PHILIPPINES, the Philippines is known for its spectacular dive sites. Explore the beautiful undersea world around Cebu Island, teeming with a vast array of exotic sea creatures, caves and cliffs.... LAS VEGAS PREVIEW, tour of Las Vegas, aerials, casinos and Hoover Dam, etc.
HAWAII KAYAK ADVENTURE, paddle through the Big Islands ten tunnels high in the Kohala Mountains, by kayak. Some tunnels one mile long. The ultimate eco-tourism adventure!
ELEPHANT SHOW, THAILAND, see elephants perform amazing feats in Phuket, Thailand. Dancing, playing music, tricks, headstands, playing soccer and carrying boy with his head in the elephant's mouth. Daring stuff!

          Will I Be Faithful?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Israel's example of unbelief & disobedience serves as a warning for us.
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Interestingly, among the unreleased hostages were Rav Yitzchak Hutner, the former Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Rabbi Chaim Berlin in New York and author of Pachad Yitzchak, and members of his family, who were on their way from Israel back to America.
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Reported by RIA Nov. 2 hours ago.
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Eight years ago, we introduced two unlikely friends: an Israeli and a Palestinian -- who once believed peace could override enemy lines. Dana Levy and Mohammed Saqar met in the late 1990s, as teenagers at a Seeds of Peace summer camp in the U.S. Both had lost family in the region's conflicts, but they became friends and kept in touch by phone. We caught up with both of them. But not together. We should tell you, this is a missed connection we could not reconnect. As Mohammed told us back in 2010, their friendship at the time had outlasted their idealism: "When I was young, I started to think, OK, when I grow up and become 25 or 26 or 30, I'm becoming a leader here, she is becoming a leader there, then we can marry, you know, so we can produce new people," he said. A younger Dana acknowledged that to preserve their friendship, she and Mohammed couldn't discuss their beliefs: "We wouldn't be able to be friends if we talked about politics. How can you be friends with your enemy?" she
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Ошибка 1. Выбирать чай со вкусом цитрусовых

В 2013 году в Journal of Toxicology было опубликовано исследованиеоб изучении 30 различных видов чая на токсичность. Во всех образцах ученые обнаружили опасно высокое содержание свинца, а в некоторых еще и алюминия. Эти металлы увеличивают риск возникновения заболеваний сердца, почек и репродуктивной системы.

В 2015 году исследование проводил Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, расширив уже полученные данные. Как оказалось, чай из пакетиков со вкусом цитрусовых содержит в себе в 10‒70 раз больше алюминия, кадмия и свинца, чем его неароматизированные «коллеги».

Ошибка 2. Покупать дешевые сорт

Исследование, опубликованное в 2013 году в Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, показало, что содержание фтора в недорогих чаях выше нормы более чем в 3 раза, это может грозить флюорозом зубов и артритом.

Стоит отметить, что дорогие сорта чая имеют менее высокий показатель содержания фтора. В таких чаях меньше опасного вещества из-за технологии выращивания, сбора и обработки листьев: они проводятся с соблюдением строгих норм и регламентов.

Ошибка 3. Пить травяной чай беременным женщинам

В ноябре 2015 года журнал Food Chemistry проанализировал 44 образца травяных чаев, предназначенных для младенцев, беременных и кормящих мам. Исследование показало, что 86 % дали положительный результат в тесте на присутствие токсинов, которые вызывают поражение печени.

Ошибка 4. Пить слишком горячий чай

Британский отоларинголог Генри Шарп (Henry Sharpe) считает, чтообжигающе горячий чай может плохо сказаться на сосудах носоглотки.Пар из чашки заставляет их расширяться и нередко провоцирует носовые кровотечения.

Нормальная температура для напитка — 50–60 °С. Чтобы достичь оптимальной температуры, чашке со свежезаваренным чаем нужно постоять 5–7 минут.

Ошибка 5. Заваривать крепкий чай

The New England Journal of Medicine опубликовал истории нескольких пациентов, которые пострадали от привычки пить крепко заваренный напиток. Впечатляет случай 47-летней женщины: на протяжении 17 лет она ежедневно пила чай, заваренный из 100–150 пакетиков. За небольшой срок она лишилась практически всех зубов, а ее кости стали хрупкими.

Это случилось из-за накопления в костях фтора, поступавшего из крепкого чая. Диетологи рекомендуют употреблять не более 4–5 чашек в день.

Ошибка 6. Пить чай сразу после еды

Исследования, которые проводились в Калифорнийском университете в 2011 году, доказали, что чай «связывает» поступившее с пищей железо и значительно ухудшает его поглощение организмом.

Если пить чай после еды, можно «допиться» до железистого дефицита, что влечет за собой неприятные последствия: ухудшение состояния кожи, волос. Медики утверждают, что до чаепития должно пройти хотя бы 20 минут.

Ошибка 7. Пить чай перед сном

Виноваты в этом кофеин и ароматические вещества, за которые мы, собственно, чай и любим. При употреблении бодрящего напитка пульс учащается, кровоток ускоряется, центральная нервная система и головной мозг приходят в возбуждение. Утром или во время работы чай — просто находка. А вот вечером употребление бодрящего напитка может перебить вам весь сон.

Сколько вредных привычек вы насчитали у себя?


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          Letter: Term limits in dire need      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

I am so tired of hearing and reading about the Russian involvement into the 2016 election! Evidently no one remembers the Obama administration sent people to campaign against Benjamin Netanyahu during his reelection in Israel. They were stationed outside polling locations, and equipped with all sorts of propaganda. There also were Black Panthers at our […]

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          Ein Toter und mehrere Verletzte an Gaza-Grenze      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Gaza (dpa) - An der Grenze zum Gazastreifen ist bei neuerlicher Gewalt ein Palästinenser getötet worden, mindestens elf Menschen wurden verletzt. Die israelische Armee attackierte nach eigenen Angaben zwölf Ziele im Gazastreifen, nachdem zuvor rund 70 Raketen von dort in Richtung Israel abgefeuert ...
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Gaza (dpa) - An der Grenze zum Gazastreifen sind bei neuerlicher Gewalt mindestens sieben Menschen verletzt worden. Drei Israelis wurden nach israelischen Angaben infolge palästinensischen Raketenbeschusses verletzt. Demnach waren zuvor mindestens 36 Raketen aus dem Gazastreifen in Richtung Israel ...
          Israelis injured as army says 70 rockets fired from Gaza      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

This is a developing story. JERUSALEM (JTA) —  Rockets fired from Gaza on Wednesday evening landed in southern Israel, causing injuries and damaging property. Magen David Adom told The Jerusalem Post that it had treated 16 people for injuries, three of whom were evacuated to the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. The Israeli army said in a post...

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          Birthright co-founder Charles Bronfman says if young Jews want to criticize Israel, they should pay their own way      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Birthright Israel co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Charles Bronfman said that young Jews are free to criticize Israel — but not while enjoying a free trip. “If people want to call Israel names and say bad things about the country, they certainly have the right to free speech. But they don’t have the...

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          Israel and Hamas to unveil long-term truce, Turkish news service reports      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel and Hamas will officially unveil a long-term truce deal at the end of the month. The agreement, which will be heralded by a two-week trial cease-fire, was reported by the Turkish Anadolu agency, which cited an unnamed Hamas source. The report said that under the agreement, which was brokered by Egypt...

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          Israel given 3 extra months for new bill on drafting more haredi Orthodox students. It could trigger new elections.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Supreme Court has given the government three months to implement legislation that would have more haredi Orthodox yeshiva students drafted into the military. The implementation of a new draft law likely will trigger the fall of the current government and new elections sometime in the first three months of 2019. Last...

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          UN Envoy ‘Deeply Alarmed’ by Escalation on Gaza-Israel Border      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
He went on to say that if the current escalation "isn't contained immediately, [the] situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences [for] all."
          100+ Rockets and Mortar Shells Fired at Israel from Gaza      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Iron Dome aerial defense system intercepted at least 11 rockets that were headed for densely populated areas in the south.
          IDF Orders Southern Israeli Summer Camps Into Shelters, Safe Spaces      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Israelis living in southern Israel were told to stay within the 'rocket racing' distance of a safe space as well.
          Renewed Fire Between Israel and Gaza Interrupts Talk of Cease-Fire      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Israel and Hamas exchange blows across the Gaza border as Egypt and the United Nations try to broker a long-term cease-fire. Reported by NYTimes.com 7 minutes ago.
          Israeli jets strike Gaza terror targets after Hamas launches dozens of rockets      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Israeli jets struck a dozen targets in the Gaza Strip Wednesday night as more than 70 rockets were launched toward the Jewish state from the Hamas-controlled region. Reported by FOXNews.com 7 minutes ago.
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           President and Sister Nelson Plan Visit to Pacific Northwest       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Joining the Nelsons for the Northwest devotionals will be President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency.On Sunday, September 16, the Vancouver devotional will be held at the Langley Events Centre, in the Vancouver suburb of Langley. Both meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m.For that initial international foray into Europe and Asia, the Nelsons—joined by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Patricia Holland—spoke in meetings held in London, England; Nairobi, Kenya; Harare, Zimbabwe; Jerusalem, Israel; Bengaluru, India; Bangkok, Thailand; Hong Kong; and Laie.This will be the Nelsons’ fourth major trip to meet with Church members in devotional settings since his ordination and sustaining as president of the Church, and his second devotional to be conducted outside of the state of Utah. The April 2018 Global Ministry Tour concluded with a devotional stop in Laie, Hawaii, while the Nelsons spoke in a June 3 worldwide youth devotional that originated from Salt Lake City.With its 10 provinces and three territories, Canada is home to nearly 200,000 members in 496 congregations as well as eight temples and seven missions, including the Vancouver Canada Temple and the Canada Vancouver Mission.The September 15 date could draw the largest in-person crowd in his first year as Church president—the Saturday evening event is slated to be held in Seattle’s Safeco Field, the 47,943 seat ballpark with a retractable roof that is home to the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball.Church statistics for the state of Washington include 288,515 members in 546 congregations as well as three temples and seven missions. Located in the Seattle metro area are the Seattle Washington Temple and missions headquartered in Seattle, Everett, and Tacoma; an earlier fourth metro-area mission—the Washington Federal Way Mission—was folded into the Seattle and Tacoma missions this summer.For the latter, the Nelsons—along with Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen—are scheduled to conduct three evening devotionals in as many days. Planned stops are Friday, August 17, in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Saturday, August 18, in Montreal, Quebec; and Sunday, August 19, in Hamilton, Ontario.It will be their third trip in Canada, a pair of three-stop visits earlier this summer—their June visit to the Canadian province of Alberta and a planned itinerary to central and eastern provinces later this month. (See related story.)The June 8–10 Alberta tour included daily stops and devotionals in Edmonton, Calgary, and Raymond. President and Sister Nelson were accompanied there by Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Melanie Rasband. (See related story.)President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, will conduct a pair of weekend devotionals next month in the North Pacific Coast region—Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia.


           North Carolina Ward Celebrates History of the Gospel among the River People       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Membership continued to grow, and by 1900, there were 125 members. As the years passed, there were naysayers who tried to convince the Catawbas to abandon Mormonism, but to no avail. In the 1930s, two prominent men in Rock Hill approached Chief Samuel Blue and offered him $1,000 if he would renounce Mormonism. “Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage, and Judas betrayed the Savior for 30 pieces of silver, but I would not give up my religion for anything in the world,” he told them. (“Catawba Indians,” Liahona: The Elders Journal [1916], 32:33).In 1878, while traveling to pick up some new missionaries in Virginia, Elder James Henry Moyle, president of the Carolina District of the Southern States Mission, had a vision of a town in South Carolina with a branch of the Church. In April of 2016, the Catawba Ward of the Charlotte North Carolina South Stake embarked on a multiyear project to celebrate and commemorate the history of the Catawba Indian tribe and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Although many preachers from other faiths had unsuccessfully tried to convert the Catawba Indians to Christianity for many years, the Mormons were the only group to find success. The missionaries truly cared about the Catawbas’ physical and spiritual well-being. They organized a school, helped the Catawbas learn valuable skills, and also brought them the history of their forefathers in the Book of Mormon. They were taught “that they were descendants of the lost tribes of Israel [and that] gave them a place—and a respectable place—among the peoples of the world” (Douglas Summers Brown, The Catawba Indians: The People of the River, 341).

Ronnie Beck performs the hoop dance. Photo courtesy of Kaytlin Thomas.

The very survival of the Ye Iswa, or the river people, as they are called, is intricately connected with the establishment of the oldest continuous branch of the Church in South Carolina.Forming the Catawba BranchTrouble ensued, however, and mobs endangered the lives of both the elders and the families on the reservation. Public meetings ceased, and the branch was disbanded on November 30, 1884. The missionaries were forced into hiding in the woods, subsisting on only what the Catawbas could smuggle in to them. In spite of the threats, secret meetings were held at night and baptisms continued.“Interest in my ancestors and heritage reaches far back into my life,” said Travis Blue, a great-grandson of Chief Samuel Blue. “I grew up next door to my grandparents, hearing stories of the ancestors and life on the reservation. Names bring faces to my mind that I look forward to meeting one day. I feel I walk the path set forth by Chief Sam Blue … to share Catawba culture with the community to preserve us as a people and enlighten those around us.” 

Elder and Sister Boone helped the Catawba Ward write historical sketches that were on display at the meetinghouse. Photo courtesy of Kristen Anderson.

By 1950, 97 percent of the Catawba Indian Nation belonged to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In April of that year, through the donations of missionaries and other members, Chief Blue and his wife made a trip to Utah to be sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Matt Burris and Travis Blue, organizers of the event, offered oral presentations of the Catawbas’ unique history. Mission president Allen Alexander shared the story of the Restoration of the Church. And in the cultural hall, a digital family tree containing 6,500 names was available for Catawba tribal members to search for their ancestors and get printed copies of their family line. This family tree would not have happened without the efforts of Elder Ben and Sister Carol Nilsen, senior missionaries sent to South Carolina specifically for this purpose. “We had a hard time starting, but miracles made all of it possible,” declared Brother Burris. “It will truly be something that will benefit thousands of people now and in the future.”Elders Charles Robison and Henry Miller became the first missionaries to visit the Catawba Indian Reservation in May of 1883. That November, James Patterson, one of the tribal leaders, requested baptism. Four others joined him. On June 1, 1884, the Rock Hill Branch was formed with 31 members, 25 of them Indians, with James Patterson presiding.“The name was distinct in his mind, but fearing that he might forget it, he arose from bed to write it down. But he could not find a match with which to light the candle and so went back to bed, determined to remember the scene” (Gordon B. Hinckley, James Henry Moyle [1951], 117). Catawba pottery on display. Photo courtesy of Kristen Anderson.Catawbas and Christ: A History of the Mormon Church among the River People came to fruition on April 28, 2018. Visitors participated in pottery making, tasted venison stew, and observed Indian dancing, music, and drumming by members of the tribe. The hallways of the Church building were lined with photos and historical accounts written by tribal, family, and ward members with the help of Elder Michael and Sister Karren Boone, from the North Carolina Charlotte Mission. Tribal quilts and artifacts were on display in various classrooms. Elder Moyle subsequently requested permission from John Morgan, the Southern States Mission president, to send missionaries to South Carolina. Authorization was eventually granted, but not without warnings of the dangers from the Ku Klux Klan and other violent mobs that were prevalent in the area.The tribe decided to take a stand and let it be known that the missionaries were welcome on the reservation and that the mobs were trespassers. Armed men stood guard at meetings and bodyguards were provided to protect the elders. On August 2, 1885, with 50 people present, the Catawba Nation Branch was formed. Alonzo Canty was called as branch president. The Catawba Branch was the first branch to be entirely staffed by Indians and is the oldest continuous branch of the Church in South Carolina.While there, they also attended general conference. During the Sunday morning session, President David O. McKay invited Chief Blue to come to the stand to share an impromptu testimony. “I have been a member of the Church, as you’ve been told, for 60-odd years. … I know this gospel is true. I have tasted the blessing and joy of God. I have seen the dead raised; I have seen the sick whom the doctors have given up, through the administration of the elders, they have been restored to life,” he testified.Growth of the Church among the Catawbas


          Pope Francis: Trust God – not idols      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Vatican City, Aug 8, 2018 / 04:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Attachment to idols is a failure to trust totally in God – and to reject these idols, Catholics must accept their weaknesses, inviting Christ to heal their hearts, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

Healing from the attachment to idols comes from Jesus Christ, “who became poor, who accepted failure, who took our precariousness to the end to fill it with love and strength,” the pope said Aug. 8.

When we let Jesus Christ into our hearts, “we discover that recognizing our weakness is not the misfortune of human life, but it is the condition to open up to who is really strong.”

“Then God’s salvation enters through the door of weakness…” he continued. “Man’s freedom arises from letting the true God be the only Lord. And this allows us to accept our own fragility and reject the idols of our hearts.”

For his weekly general audience, Pope Francis spoke on what he called the “very important” topic of idols, begun the previous week, and part of a larger series of catechesis on the Ten Commandments.

“Everything,” the pope said, “stems from the inability to trust above all in God, to place our safety in Him, to let Him give true depth to the desires of our heart. Without God’s primacy one easily falls into idolatry and is content with meager assurances.”

His catechesis reflected on a passage from the Book of Exodus, in which the Israelites, who were awaiting the return of Moses from the mountain where he would receive the Ten Commandments, fashioned a golden calf and began worshipping it as a god.

The context of this story, the desert, has its own precise meaning, Pope Francis said. “What is the desert? It is a place where uncertainty and insecurity reign – there is nothing in the desert – where there is no water, there is no food and there is no shelter.”

He said the image of the desert represents the uncertainty and lack of guarantee found in human life and noted that the anxiety of life’s unpredictability, or feeling God is not present, can lead people to cling to false, or “custom-made” gods, like the Israelites did with the golden calf.

In the end, the pope said, God’s greater work was not freeing the Israelites from slavery in Egypt but removing “idolatry from the heart of the people.”

“And yet God continues to work to remove it from our hearts. This is the great work of God: to take away ‘that Egypt’ that we carry within, which is the charm of idolatry.”

“He comes to reveal to us the fatherhood of God; in Christ our fragility is no longer a curse, but a place of encounter with the Father and the source of a new strength from above,” he said.


          8/9/2018: WORLD: Mossad takes out Syrian rocket chief      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A senior Syrian rocket scientist blown up by a car-bomb on Saturday was killed by Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, according to a new account quoting informed Middle East intelligence sources. Aziz Asber, who was killed along with his chauffeur...
          Dozens of rockets fired at south; IDF pounds Hamas targets in Gaza      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dozens of rockets and mortar shells were fired at southern Israeli communities from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday night and into Thursday.
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          Hamas: indirect Gaza truce talks with Israel ‘advanced’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Both sides made statements regarding imminent breakthrough, but while Israel wants to recover the bodies of 2 soldiers, 2 civilians being held in Gaza, Hamas insists 'only through prisoner exchange.'
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Saturday, Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers say they have accepted a cease-fire ending an Israeli o
          How great is your faith?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
St. Dominic
Fr. Philip Neri Powell, OP
St. Dominic Church, NOLA

The Lord guides Israel's people out of their Assyrian exile. He leads them back to Jerusalem, saying, “I will be the God of all the tribes of Israel, and they shall be my people.” When all are settled, the Lord appears to Israel and reassures them, “With age-old love I have loved you; so I have kept my mercy toward you. Again I will restore you, and you shall be rebuilt. . .” Despite Israel's faithlessness to the Covenant, the Lord keeps His promise. In His great love, He shows mercy. And His mercy brings restoration. The Good News is that God's love and mercy are not limited to the people of Israel. We Gentiles have a Covenant with God too. A Covenant that we too often forget and fail. When the Canaanite woman begs Christ to exorcise her possessed daughter, the Lord says to her, in effect, “I'm not here for you Gentiles. I'm here for the Jews.” The woman replies, in effect, “Even Gentiles get the leftovers from the Jewish table!” Christ, possibly glancing wryly at his disciples to see if they are paying attention, answers her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter is healed.

In these difficult times, Christ could ask his Church, “How great is your faith?” If we were being honest, we might say, “Not so great, actually.” Or perhaps, “Our faith is being tested, Lord.” He might ask us to look carefully at how faithful we are to the Covenant he died to establish. He might ask us to look at how well we love, how well we forgive, how well we find hope in this mess. He might even suggest to us that as a gift from the Father our faith is not the sort of thing we can measure. Faith is received and put to good use, or it is ignored and left to shrivel up. So, maybe the better question for us is: “Have you received the faith our Father freely offers and put it to good use?” If not, why not? Israel was unfaithful to the Covenant established by Abraham. And the Lord allowed the Assyrian Empire to scatter His people all over the region in exile. When they were allowed to return to Jerusalem, the Lord said to them, “With age-old love I have loved you; so I have kept my mercy toward you. Again I will restore you, and you shall be rebuilt. . .” So, after suffering the consequences of their sin, Israel is restored and rebuilt. Please notice that the Lord never stopped loving Israel. Allowing Israel to be scattered, to experience the consequences of their unfaithfulness is what brings them back home. In His mercy, the Lord brings them home. 
 
How great is your faith? How well do you forgive, show mercy, live in hope? Not so great? Better than you'd expect? Maybe: needs improvement? However you answer these questions – your faith heals you. Your trust in God's promises heals you. You are freed from your sins using the same measure you use to free others from theirs. And remember the Lord's words to Israel as they return from their exile: “With age-old love I have loved you; so I have kept my mercy toward you. Again I will restore you,  and you shall be rebuilt. . .”


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Gaza (dpa) - An der Grenze zum Gazastreifen ist bei neuerlicher Gewalt ein Palästinenser getötet worden, mindestens elf Menschen wurden verletzt. Die israelische Armee attackierte nach eigenen Angaben zwölf Ziele im Gazastreifen, nachdem zuvor rund 70 Raketen von dort in Richtung Israel abgefeuert worden seien. Elf Raketen seien abgefangen worden, die meisten seien auf freiem Gelände gelandet. Bei den israelischen Gegenattacken wurde ein Palästinenser getötet, acht weitere wurden verletzt.


          Schlaglichter: Mehrere Verletzte bei neuer Gewalt an Gaza-Grenze      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Gaza (dpa) - An der Grenze zum Gazastreifen sind bei neuerlicher Gewalt mindestens sieben Menschen verletzt worden. Drei Israelis wurden nach israelischen Angaben infolge palästinensischen Raketenbeschusses verletzt. Demnach waren zuvor mindestens 36 Raketen aus dem Gazastreifen in Richtung Israel abgefeuert worden. Vier Raketen seien abgefangen worden, die meisten seien auf freiem Gelände gelandet. Bei israelischen Gegenattacken seien vier Palästinenser verletzt worden, teilte das Gesundheitsministerium in Gaza mit.


          Israeli forces arrest at least 7 Palestinian journalists in West Bank      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Knesset holds special session on controversial Israel nation state law      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Israel's parliament held a special session on Wednesday to debate a controversial law passed last month declaring the country the nation state of the Jewish people. Reported by France 24 2 hours ago.
          How a Cult Israeli Drama Became a German Soft-Porn Series      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

My first dream lover was a Jew and I—I did not know. His name was Benny, and he lived in Tel Aviv in the late 1950s. Benny was a fictional character, a main protagonist in the hugely popular teenager movie series known as Eis am Stiel in Germany and Eskimo Limon in Israel. It gained considerable success across the rest of Europe and in Japan under the international title Lemon Popsicle.

Benny was friends with Bobby and Johnny. All the high school boys could think about was hang out at the beach, eat ice cream, ride motorcycles, listen to American rock ‘n’ roll, and, most importantly, get laid. Benny was the shy sweet one, but he still wanted to go all the way.

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Pt.20 Dr. Rev. Phil Valentine is a Hygienic Scientist; Naturopath; Metaphysician; Clinical Hypnotherapist; Polymath, Lecturer; Free-Thinker… The founder, director and pastor of the Temple of the Healing Spirit; Self-Healing Education Center, The Institute for Self-Mastery; and The University of Kemetian Sciences. A certified member of the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (I.A.C.T.), he received his doctorate in Hygienic Health Science and Classical Naturopathy from The Life Science Institute of Texas, now merged to the Fit for Life Sciences Institute-College of Natural Health in Canada. A former member of the American Natural Hygienic Society, Valentine is currently a hygienic science and metaphysical health consultant to doctors and lay practitioners as far away as Azania (South Africa), Canada, Trinidad, Jamaica, England, Ghana, Japan and the Philippines DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the genetic code, or blueprint, that plays a big part in defining who you are. Every cell in your body contains a copy of your DNA, which is a microscopic set of instructions that determine what you look like and other personal traits. While most of that code is the same from one person to the next, there are specific variations that make you unique. 🤔🤔🤔 #Projectwakeyoassup #sports #entertainment #musicindustry #actor #actress #doctor #lawyer #judge #politicians #scientist #blackmatter #jewish #dna #lawenforcement #teacher #carbon #melanin #religion #israel #hebrews #jews #africanamerican  #nativeamerican #extraterrestrial #caucasian
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          Swedish pro-Gaza ship activists deported from Israel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Swedish pro-Gaza ship activists deported from IsraelSeven Swedish activists detained by Israel's navy for attempting to breach its blockade of Gaza have been deported to Sweden, the organisers of the Ship to Gaza activist flotilla said Wednesday. Four of the activists arrived back in the Scandinavian country on Wednesday, and the three others were expected later in the day, Ship to Gaza Sweden spokesman Dror Feiler told AFP.



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What’s Prince Jared been up to? Trying to make sure Palestinian refugees starve and die.

Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, has quietly been trying to do away with the U.N. relief agency that has provided food and essential services to millions of Palestinian refugees for decades, according to internal emails obtained by Foreign Policy.

His initiative is part of a broader push by the Trump administration and its allies in Congress to strip these Palestinians of their refugee status in the region and take their issue off the table in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, according to both American and Palestinian officials. At least two bills now making their way through Congress

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          August 9: Nehemiah 7; Ephesians 4:17–32; Psalm 36; Proverbs 21:5–7       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Old Testament: Nehemiah 7

Nehemiah 7 (Listen)

Now when the wall had been built and I had set up the doors, and the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed, I gave my brother Hanani and Hananiah the governor of the castle charge over Jerusalem, for he was a more faithful and God-fearing man than many. And I said to them, “Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot. And while they are still standing guard, let them shut and bar the doors. Appoint guards from among the inhabitants of Jerusalem, some at their guard posts and some in front of their own homes.” The city was wide and large, but the people within it were few, and no houses had been rebuilt.

Lists of Returned Exiles

Then my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles and the officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogy. And I found the book of the genealogy of those who came up at the first, and I found written in it:

These were the people of the province who came up out of the captivity of those exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried into exile. They returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his town. They came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah.

The number of the men of the people of Israel: the sons of Parosh, 2,172. The sons of Shephatiah, 372. 10 The sons of Arah, 652. 11 The sons of Pahath-moab, namely the sons of Jeshua and Joab, 2,818. 12 The sons of Elam, 1,254. 13 The sons of Zattu, 845. 14 The sons of Zaccai, 760. 15 The sons of Binnui, 648. 16 The sons of Bebai, 628. 17 The sons of Azgad, 2,322. 18 The sons of Adonikam, 667. 19 The sons of Bigvai, 2,067. 20 The sons of Adin, 655. 21 The sons of Ater, namely of Hezekiah, 98. 22 The sons of Hashum, 328. 23 The sons of Bezai, 324. 24 The sons of Hariph, 112. 25 The sons of Gibeon, 95. 26 The men of Bethlehem and Netophah, 188. 27 The men of Anathoth, 128. 28 The men of Beth-azmaveth, 42. 29 The men of Kiriath-jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, 743. 30 The men of Ramah and Geba, 621. 31 The men of Michmas, 122. 32 The men of Bethel and Ai, 123. 33 The men of the other Nebo, 52. 34 The sons of the other Elam, 1,254. 35 The sons of Harim, 320. 36 The sons of Jericho, 345. 37 The sons of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, 721. 38 The sons of Senaah, 3,930.

39 The priests: the sons of Jedaiah, namely the house of Jeshua, 973. 40 The sons of Immer, 1,052. 41 The sons of Pashhur, 1,247. 42 The sons of Harim, 1,017.

43 The Levites: the sons of Jeshua, namely of Kadmiel of the sons of Hodevah, 74. 44 The singers: the sons of Asaph, 148. 45 The gatekeepers: the sons of Shallum, the sons of Ater, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Akkub, the sons of Hatita, the sons of Shobai, 138.

46 The temple servants: the sons of Ziha, the sons of Hasupha, the sons of Tabbaoth, 47 the sons of Keros, the sons of Sia, the sons of Padon, 48 the sons of Lebana, the sons of Hagaba, the sons of Shalmai, 49 the sons of Hanan, the sons of Giddel, the sons of Gahar, 50 the sons of Reaiah, the sons of Rezin, the sons of Nekoda, 51 the sons of Gazzam, the sons of Uzza, the sons of Paseah, 52 the sons of Besai, the sons of Meunim, the sons of Nephushesim, 53 the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Hakupha, the sons of Harhur, 54 the sons of Bazlith, the sons of Mehida, the sons of Harsha, 55 the sons of Barkos, the sons of Sisera, the sons of Temah, 56 the sons of Neziah, the sons of Hatipha.

57 The sons of Solomon's servants: the sons of Sotai, the sons of Sophereth, the sons of Perida, 58 the sons of Jaala, the sons of Darkon, the sons of Giddel, 59 the sons of Shephatiah, the sons of Hattil, the sons of Pochereth-hazzebaim, the sons of Amon.

60 All the temple servants and the sons of Solomon's servants were 392.

61 The following were those who came up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer, but they could not prove their fathers' houses nor their descent, whether they belonged to Israel: 62 the sons of Delaiah, the sons of Tobiah, the sons of Nekoda, 642. 63 Also, of the priests: the sons of Hobaiah, the sons of Hakkoz, the sons of Barzillai (who had taken a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite and was called by their name). 64 These sought their registration among those enrolled in the genealogies, but it was not found there, so they were excluded from the priesthood as unclean. 65 The governor told them that they were not to partake of the most holy food until a priest with Urim and Thummim should arise.

Totals of People and Gifts

66 The whole assembly together was 42,360, 67 besides their male and female servants, of whom there were 7,337. And they had 245 singers, male and female. 68 Their horses were 736, their mules 245,1 69 their camels 435, and their donkeys 6,720.

70 Now some of the heads of fathers' houses gave to the work. The governor gave to the treasury 1,000 darics2 of gold, 50 basins, 30 priests' garments and 500 minas3 of silver.4 71 And some of the heads of fathers' houses gave into the treasury of the work 20,000 darics of gold and 2,200 minas of silver. 72 And what the rest of the people gave was 20,000 darics of gold, 2,000 minas of silver, and 67 priests' garments.

73 So the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, some of the people, the temple servants, and all Israel, lived in their towns.

And when the seventh month had come, the people of Israel were in their towns.

Footnotes

[1] 7:68 Compare Ezra 2:66 and the margins of some Hebrew manuscripts; Hebrew lacks Their horses . . . 245
[2] 7:70 A daric was a coin weighing about 1/4 ounce or 8.5 grams
[3] 7:70 A mina was about 1 1/4 pounds or 0.6 kilogram
[4] 7:70 Probable reading; Hebrew lacks minas of silver

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New Testament: Ephesians 4:17–32

Ephesians 4:17–32 (Listen)

The New Life

17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!—21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self,1 which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Footnotes

[1] 4:22 Greek man; also verse 24

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Psalm: Psalm 36

Psalm 36 (Listen)

How Precious Is Your Steadfast Love

To the choirmaster. Of David, the servant of the LORD.

36   Transgression speaks to the wicked
    deep in his heart;1
  there is no fear of God
    before his eyes.
  For he flatters himself in his own eyes
    that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
  The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit;
    he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
  He plots trouble while on his bed;
    he sets himself in a way that is not good;
    he does not reject evil.
  Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.
  Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
    your judgments are like the great deep;
    man and beast you save, O LORD.
  How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
    The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
  They feast on the abundance of your house,
    and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
  For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light do we see light.
10   Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
    and your righteousness to the upright of heart!
11   Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me,
    nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12   There the evildoers lie fallen;
    they are thrust down, unable to rise.

Footnotes

[1] 36:1 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Syriac, Jerome (compare Septuagint); most Hebrew manuscripts in my heart

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Proverb: Proverbs 21:5–7

Proverbs 21:5–7 (Listen)

  The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance,
    but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
  The getting of treasures by a lying tongue
    is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.1
  The violence of the wicked will sweep them away,
    because they refuse to do what is just.

Footnotes

[1] 21:6 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Latin; most Hebrew manuscripts vapor for those who seek death

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          Blueprint News Celebrates 250 000 Visitors      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The registration of visitor statistics for "blueprint news" started in May 2010 and reported about 250.000 visitors in August 2018. Here are some numbers that remain incomplete, however, because only the leading 10 visitor nations are given, together with information about browsers and systems applied by visitors. Some rare browsers that came to my attention during the years are not included in the overall statistics as they present only a low number of visitors i.e. < 1%. Same goes with the computer systems where the list is too long to integrate it entirely into the following chart, and there are, as well, some visitors who withhold part of the Information. An increasing trend to data anonymization makes it even more difficult to collect visitor data.



Overall visitor statistics for August 8, 2018.


However, more important than mere numbers should be the following choice of highlights of visitor activity during all those years and which might give an idea of the global acceptance my rather tiny blog achieved.


Visitor Highlights



Chinese visitors coming from River Yangtse and from Hangzhou, both places being
near to Shanghai. A closer look on the satellite images provides interesting features.



The former Portuguese colony of Macao which is now a part of PR China. Two
long bridges, connecting the main parts of Macao, might attract your attention.



Living the Chinese Dream



Economic prosperity and military strength are integral parts of China's global dream. While
facing maritime disputes with other nations, China is enforcing a modernization of its navy.



Japan and North Korea



One visitor came from the diplomatic quarters of Tokyo (above) and which is near to
the Imperial Palace. Another visitor called from Ground Zero in Hiroshima where the
first atomic bomb had been dopped in 1945.



Earlier this year Japanese authorities launched a missile alert via Japan National TV
when a North Korean test missile was heading toward Japanese territory. As tensions
with North Korea were high at the time, I was just watching Japanese news on satellite
TV. I immediately took a photo from my TV screen and posted it. My blogspot was then
available on the internet while the North Korean missile was still in the air over Japan !



One of the rare visitors from North Korea is indicating he came from the Ryugyong
neighbourhood in Pyongyang and which is not far away from the central compound
of North Korea's ruling Workers Party. The internet access point, however, remains
difficult to localize in this case.



In August 2017 two US military bases on Guam were threatened by North Korea which said
it would create an "enveloping fire" around the US territory using four Hwasong-12 missiles
that should detonate 30-40 km off the island. The US side made clear this would mean war.



Nuclear Research

The CERN Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, is operating the greatest particle accelerator
ever built. It was there that a predicted elementary entity, the Higgs boson, was detected
for the first time.



The center for nuclear research in Dubna is situated in the neighbourhood of
Moscow, Russia. In Soviet times it was the most important facility of its kind.



Washington and Israel

No, it's not at all a call from the President but rather from a
public hotspot facing the White House in Washington DC :



In the hustle of the 2016 pre-election times I simply forgot to publish the below picture.
Sorry for that ! The picture can be named "Grabber King at the Chicago Trump Tower".



The US Department of State noticed my translation of a political poem originally written by
Guenter Grass, one German laureate of the Nobel Price for Literature. It's all about Israeli
militarism directed against Arab neighbours (i.e. their Semitic brethren...) and against Iran.



In the week after the author's death, my translation
of his poem was addressed by different US visitors :



US - Iranian Enmity



The National Defense University NDU in Washington DC, a US government institution,
visited a blogspot of mine and which is dealing with a scenario of mutual threats that
has steadily developed between Iran and the USA.

All

All of Central Asia and the Middle East
is under control of The Empire.
Well, not entirely ..........


An Iranian visitor enjoyed, as well, my visualization of the conflict.



One visitor coming from the faculty of law at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, made
a Google search by simply entering the timeless adage of justice to be found above the
entrance of a Cairo law court, and found ..... my blogspot about decisive battles in Syria.
What an amazing coincidence !



After the ousting of Libyan dictator Muammar al-Ghadafi, a visitor called from some
internet access point nearby to Martyrs Square in Tripoli, the former capital of Libya.
It is on Martyrs Square that a shrine was established for the heroes of the revolution.



A "postcard" from the holy places of Makkah in Saudi-Arabia :



In August 2014 Islamic fighters were threatening Kurdish residents in the
Kirkuk region of Northern Iraq. People fled into the nearby mountaineous
area while Islamists headed further to Mosul. After the fall of Mosul, the
Islamist leader al-Baghdadi declared his caliphate in the great mosque
of Mosul.



Visitors coming from Northern Pakistan took immediate interest in the Iraqi developments.
They came from Islamabad, its southern environment, from Quetta and Peshawar (below).



Mongolia - Chingis Khan and the "Art of War"



A smiling Mogolian leader once presented his Mongolian horsemen to US president Bush.
When a Mongol horde invaded and destroyed the Caliphate of Baghdad in 1258, they left
a gigantic regional chaos similar to what did the US Cavalry under US president Bush. The
difference, however, is: The Mongol horde robbed what they could carry on horseback and
returned home, while the US sat and waited as oil wells cannot be so easily carried away.



Other "cold warriors" can be found on Elmendorf Air Base in Alaska, USA, .....



..... while some people are peacefully fighting the cold in an Inuit community on Greenland :



The "University of the South Pacific" on the lonesome island of Fiji, however, is a real "hotspot".
No wonder they provide a swimming pool needed to cool off the heated brains of young folks.



In comparison, the "Harvard Business School" in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, might make a point with a better reputation.




          Kuwait Airways to Pay Israeli Passenger It Refused Because of Nationality      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Kuwait Airways will pay an Israeli citizen whom it barred from flying based on her nationality. Last November, Mandy Blumenthal was barred from purchasing a ticket on a Kuwait Airways flight from London (LHR) to Bangkok (BKK) via Kuwait (KWI). Blumenthal was at the Kuwait Airways ticket counter in Heathrow airport, where she attempted to …
          August 9: Psalms 85–87; Romans 9       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Morning: Psalms 85–87

Psalms 85–87 (Listen)

Revive Us Again

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

85   LORD, you were favorable to your land;
    you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
  You forgave the iniquity of your people;
    you covered all their sin. Selah
  You withdrew all your wrath;
    you turned from your hot anger.
  Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
    and put away your indignation toward us!
  Will you be angry with us forever?
    Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
  Will you not revive us again,
    that your people may rejoice in you?
  Show us your steadfast love, O LORD,
    and grant us your salvation.
  Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,
    for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;
    but let them not turn back to folly.
  Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
    that glory may dwell in our land.
10   Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
    righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11   Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
    and righteousness looks down from the sky.
12   Yes, the LORD will give what is good,
    and our land will yield its increase.
13   Righteousness will go before him
    and make his footsteps a way.

Great Is Your Steadfast Love

A Prayer of David.

86   Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
  Preserve my life, for I am godly;
    save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.
  Be gracious to me, O Lord,
    for to you do I cry all the day.
  Gladden the soul of your servant,
    for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
  For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
    abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
  Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;
    listen to my plea for grace.
  In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
    for you answer me.
  There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
    nor are there any works like yours.
  All the nations you have made shall come
    and worship before you, O Lord,
    and shall glorify your name.
10   For you are great and do wondrous things;
    you alone are God.
11   Teach me your way, O LORD,
    that I may walk in your truth;
    unite my heart to fear your name.
12   I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
    and I will glorify your name forever.
13   For great is your steadfast love toward me;
    you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
14   O God, insolent men have risen up against me;
    a band of ruthless men seeks my life,
    and they do not set you before them.
15   But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16   Turn to me and be gracious to me;
    give your strength to your servant,
    and save the son of your maidservant.
17   Show me a sign of your favor,
    that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
    because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

Glorious Things of You Are Spoken

A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. A Song.

87   On the holy mount stands the city he founded;
    the LORD loves the gates of Zion
    more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.
  Glorious things of you are spoken,
    O city of God. Selah
  Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon;
    behold, Philistia and Tyre, with Cush1
    “This one was born there,” they say.
  And of Zion it shall be said,
    “This one and that one were born in her”;
    for the Most High himself will establish her.
  The LORD records as he registers the peoples,
    “This one was born there.” Selah
  Singers and dancers alike say,
    “All my springs are in you.”

Footnotes

[1] 87:4 Probably Nubia

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Evening: Romans 9

Romans 9 (Listen)

God's Sovereign Choice

I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers,1 my kinsmen according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.

But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls—12 she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion,2 but on God, who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.

19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? 25 As indeed he says in Hosea,

  “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’
    and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’”
26   “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’
    there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’”

27 And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the sons of Israel3 be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved, 28 for the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth fully and without delay.” 29 And as Isaiah predicted,

  “If the Lord of hosts had not left us offspring,
    we would have been like Sodom
    and become like Gomorrah.”

Israel's Unbelief

30 What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness4 did not succeed in reaching that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 as it is written,

  “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense;
    and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

Footnotes

[1] 9:3 Or brothers and sisters
[2] 9:16 Greek not of him who wills or runs
[3] 9:27 Or children of Israel
[4] 9:31 Greek a law of righteousness

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          August 9: Proverbs 4:18; Hosea 6:3; Matthew 13:43; 1 Corinthians 13:10; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:12; 1 John 3:2–3; Ezekiel 36:27; Ezekiel 36:37; Matthew 20:32–34; Luke 11:13; Luke 23:42–43; John 6:37; Romans 10:13; 1 John 5:14–15       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Morning: Proverbs 4:18; Hosea 6:3; Matthew 13:43; 1 Corinthians 13:10; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:12; 1 John 3:2–3

The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.—“Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord.”

“Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.”—We all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.—When the perfect comes, the partial will pass away…. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.—Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

Proverbs 4:18 (Listen)

18   But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
    which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

(ESV)

Hosea 6:3 (Listen)

  Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD;
    his going out is sure as the dawn;
  he will come to us as the showers,
    as the spring rains that water the earth.”

(ESV)

Matthew 13:43 (Listen)

43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

(ESV)

1 Corinthians 13:10 (Listen)

10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.

(ESV)

1 Corinthians 13:12 (Listen)

12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

(ESV)

2 Corinthians 3:18 (Listen)

18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,1 are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.2 For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

Footnotes

[1] 3:18 Or reflecting the glory of the Lord
[2] 3:18 Greek from glory to glory

(ESV)

Philippians 3:12 (Listen)

Straining Toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

(ESV)

1 John 3:2–3 (Listen)

Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears1 we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

Footnotes

[1] 3:2 Or when it appears

(ESV)

Evening: Ezekiel 36:27; Ezekiel 36:37; Matthew 20:32–34; Luke 11:13; Luke 23:42–43; John 6:37; Romans 10:13; 1 John 5:14–15

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

“Whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”—“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”—“What do you want me to do for you?” They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”—“I will put my Spirit within you…. Thus says the Lord God: This also I will let the house of Israel ask me to do for them: to increase their people like a flock.”—And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

Ezekiel 36:27 (Listen)

27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.1

Footnotes

[1] 36:27 Or my just decrees

(ESV)

Ezekiel 36:37 (Listen)

37 “Thus says the Lord GOD: This also I will let the house of Israel ask me to do for them: to increase their people like a flock.

(ESV)

Matthew 20:32–34 (Listen)

32 And stopping, Jesus called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” 33 They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” 34 And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.

(ESV)

Luke 11:13 (Listen)

13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

(ESV)

Luke 23:42–43 (Listen)

42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

(ESV)

John 6:37 (Listen)

37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.

(ESV)

Romans 10:13 (Listen)

13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

(ESV)

1 John 5:14–15 (Listen)

14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

(ESV)


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The 2018 Rugby Championship will get underway on Saturday the 18th of August. Darry Worthington takes a look at the outright betting, below.


The 2018 Rugby Championship will soon be upon us and rugby fans will be forgiven for feeling that they've seen it all before as the All Blacks head into this one as strong favourites to secure their third successive title. The reigning champions were a class apart last season winning all six of their games on their way to claiming yet another title.

Things may be a bit tougher for Steve Hansen's bunch this time around as they face two relatively unknown quantities in the form of a Springbok side under new management as well as an Argentine outfit who have also swept the deck and brought in a new coaching team.

The Kiwi's will also have to be wary of an Australian side packed full of in-form Waratahs' players.

To Win Outright
New Zealand 1/7
Australia 6/1
South Africa 9/1
Argentina 80/1

Fixtures
Saturday 18 August
Australia v New Zealand | ANZ Stadium | 12:05
South Africa v Argentina | Jonsson Kings Park | 17:05

Saturday 25 August
New Zealand v Australia | Eden Park | 09:35
Argentina v South Africa | Estadio Malvinas | 21:10

Saturday 8 September
New Zealand v Argentina | Trafalgar Park | 09:35
Australia v South Africa | Suncorp Stadium | 12:05

Saturday 15 September
New Zealand v South Africa | Westpac Stadium | 09:35
Australia v Argentina | cBus Super Stadium | 12:05

Saturday 29 September
South Africa v Australia | Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium | 17:05

Sunday 30 September
Argentina v New Zealand | Estadio Jose Amalfitani | 00:40

Saturday 6 October
South Africa v New Zealand | Loftus Versfeld | 17:05

Sunday 7 October
Argentina v Australia | Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena | 00:40

The Bookie's Choice
The All Blacks head into this one as strong favourites with the bookmakers. The men from the 'Land of the Long White Cloud' have won five of the six tournaments since the competition was expanded to include Argentina back in 2012.

 The New Zealanders enjoyed a clean sweep of it last year winning all six of their games while securing four-try scoring bonus points. They are currently on a 12-match Rugby Championship unbeaten streak, with their last defeat coming at the hands of Australia during their final fixture of the 2015 tournament.

With a hugely talented squad, this New Zealand side are strong favourites to take the title.

The Blue and Gold
While the annexing of the Western Force has annoyed a hell of a lot of Western Australian Rugby fans, one cannot argue that Australian rugby has been better served by only fielding four teams in this year's Super Rugby tournament. Their franchises have looked a lot better, as Waratahs, Brumbies and the Rebels managed to register wins over New Zealand opposition, while ridding Australia of their long-running losing streak to teams from their neighbouring country.

Speaking of the Waratahs, the men in blue were Australia's shining light in this year's Super Rugby tournament making it all the way to the semi-final stage. Key to their deep progress in the tournament was the form of their Wallaby backs Bernard Foley, Kurtley Beale, and Israel Folau. The trio will need to produce the same sort of magic for the national team if the Australians are to lift their second Rugby Championship title.

Rassie Resurgence
The Springboks will be quietly confident about their chances this season after seeing off an admittedly weak English side 2-1 in their home June series. The 'Boks looked a revitalized outfit under Rassie Erasmus' guidance and played a far more attractive and clinical brand of rugby than they produced under Allister Coetzee.

The South Africans will face a lot tougher opposition than the English in this tournament, however, and will need to up their defensive game if they are to finally break their Rugby Championship duck. This will necessitate them finding a competent centre pairing as the 'Boks midfield was about as rigid as a twig during their June series.

Pumped up Pumas
The 2018 Rugby Championship will mark a new dawn for Argentina's Rugby with Jaguares coach Mario Ledesma taking over the national reigns from the long-serving Daniel Hourcade, who stepped down after Argentina's home June series defeat to a second-string Welsh outfit.

There are high hopes for the new man in charge, who guided the Jaguares to their first-ever appearance in the Super Rugby play-offs, this season. Ledesma is likely to have the full support of his dressing room, something Hourcade seemed to have lost during the Autumn of his tenure, which will be key as he will need his veterans to step up to the mark and atone for their horrendous 2017 campaign that saw the Argentine's lose all six of their fixtures.


Verdict: New Zealand 1/7
There's not much value here but I simply cannot see the Kiwis failing to make it three on the trot. While I do think they'll have a tougher time of it this year - they may even lose a game - their home form and ability to grind out wins when their backs are against the wall makes them my choice for the title.



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Em sua catequese o Papa explicou que "a liberdade do homem nasce quando permitimos que o verdadeiro Deus seja o único Senhor. Isto nos faz aceitar nossa fragilidade e rechaçar os ídolos do nosso coração”.
Cristiane Murray – Cidade do Vaticano
Dando continuidade às catequeses sobre os Dez mandamentos, nesta quarta-feira (08/08) o Papa Francisco aprofundou o tema da idolatria, refletindo sobre o bezerro de ouro, narrado no Livro do Êxodo.
A tradicional audiência geral foi realizada na Sala Paulo VI, onde o ar condicionado aliviou o calor do Papa e das 7 mil pessoas participantes. Ilustrando o trecho bíblico do Êxodo, apresentado no início do encontro, o Papa disse que o Povo de Israel estava no deserto, angustiado sem água e alimentos, esperando Moisés que subira ao monte para encontrar o Senhor.
“ O povo queria certezas e pediu a Araão que construísse um ídolo ‘sob medida e mudo’, identificável, que fosse um guia ”
Assim como o deserto é uma imagem da vida humana incerta e sem garantias, a natureza humana, para fugir da precariedade, procura uma religião com a qual se orientar: é a eterna tentação de fazer um ‘deus sob medida’.
As tentações de sempre!
Araão não sabe dizer ‘não’ e cria o bezerro de ouro, que tinha um duplo sentido no Oriente antigo: por um lado, representava fecundidade e abundância; por outro, energia e força.

“São as tentações de sempre! O bezerro de ouro é o símbolo de todos os desejos que oferecem a ilusão da liberdade, mas acabam por escravizar”.
LEIA TAMBÉM

Audiência geral 8 de agosto de 2018
“Tudo isso – completou Francisco – nasce da incapacidade de confiar antes de tudo em Deus, de depositar Nele nossas inseguranças, de deixar que seja Ele a dar a verdadeira profundidade aos anseios de nosso coração. Sem o primado de Deus, facilmente cai-se na idolatria e contenta-se de poucas seguranças”.
A escravidão do pecado
O bezerro de ouro representa, desse modo, a falta de confiança em Deus, deixando-se levar pelas tentações que conduzem à escravidão do pecado: poder, liberdade, riqueza, etc.
“Quando acolhemos o Deus de Jesus Cristo, descobrirmos que reconhecer a nossa fragilidade não é a desgraça da vida humana, mas a condição para abrir-se Àquele que é realmente forte. A liberdade do homem nasce justamente permitindo que o verdadeiro Deus seja o único Senhor. Isto nos faz aceitar nossa fragilidade e rechaçar os ídolos do nosso coração”.
Reconhecer a nossa fragilidade e receber a força do Alto
Terminando a catequese, o Pontífice concluiu que “como nos mostrou Jesus, o Deus verdadeiro é Aquele que se faz pobre para nos tornar participantes da sua riqueza. É um Deus que se mostra fraco, pregado na Cruz, para nos ensinar que devemos reconhecer a nossa fragilidade, pois é ali onde encontramos a força do Alto que nos enche com o seu amor misericordioso”.

Fonte: Vatican News
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Enjoy the Tuesday Podcast of "The Captain's AMERICA Third Watch" hosted by Retired Captain Matt Bruce heard LIVE 2-6 AM ET broadcasting across America from Tampa, FL.... "The Captain's AMERICA Third Watch" is on the Radio with Breaking News from across America & around the World as it happens! ***Tomorrow's News, TONIGHT!*** Where it's ALL about America & WE the PEOPLE with 'The Captain' LIVE Friday August 3rd from 2-6 AM ET broadcasting from Tampa, FL in the #MausNissan Studio of our Salem Media Group Flagship Radio Station #am860theanswer in the #19 Radio Market of America. Our Radio Show is also heard on the #TalkAmericaRadio Network. The Radio Show is heard in over 130 Countries around the World via our Digital Internet Streams. We proudly support our Nations Active Duty Military, Veterans, EMT's, Firefighters, Police & ALL First Responders... Our Guests Tonight Are: Kyle Warren - The Professor of Politics, Ms Rosemary - Prayer Intercessor, Denise Simon - Founders Code, Ron Edwards - The Edwards Notebook & Veterans News along with the Truckers 'National Highway Report' every hour. We're also happy to take your phone calls on the air LIVE at 1-877-969-8600... We are currently heard on 80 radio affiliates in 28 States & more new affiliates coming in 2018! Atlanta, you hear us on our Salem Radio Affiliate AM 920 The Answer. Orlando, we're on AM 660 & FM 105.5 The Answer. We are also heard on our Salem Media Group Tampa Sister Stations: 930 The Answer Sarasota, FM 103.1 Bradenton, FM 93.7 Bayshore Gardens & 1380 The Biz in St Petersburg FL. Talk America Radio Network Stations 92.1 WDDQ FM in Valdosta GA, Talk 107.5 WJHC in Jasper FL, & AM 1330 WLBB in Carrollton GA. Seattle you hear us on #Megatalk 920 KGTK AM and 1400 KITZ AM in Seattle-Olympia-Tacoma-Bremerton WA. You can also hear the show on the Internet via these websites: The Captain's AMERICA Third Watch, Cowboy Logic Radio, Freedom In America Radio, iHeart Radio, IPBN-FM, iTunes, KTalk Radio, Radioways in Germany, ROKU, Talk Stream Live, Top Talk Radio & TuneIn... Download our FREE app for your iPad, iPhone, Laptop or Personal Computer by going to the AM 860 The Answer website. Find Out Why We Are The FASTEST Growing Overnight News Talk Radio Show On Your Radio Dial!!!!! #America #Afghanistan #Border #Congress #Conservative #DonaldTrump #EchoInRamadi #Economy #Guns #Iran #Iraq #Israel #Immigration #Military #Mueller #NATO #News #Korea #Politics #Russia #Socialism #Syria #Terrorism #Truckers #Veterans #walkaway
          - Vi har felles røtter med Israel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
- Jeg er glad for at vi i Ordet & Israel gjennom Dr. Chuck Cohen har fått klart fram at vi er en del av det samme «treet», åndelig sett, som Israel, sier daglig leder Arve Solberg etter årets sommerstevne.
          - Evig kamp for Israels leverett      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Tidligere stortingsmann, kulturpersonlighet og skribent Hallgrim Berg fra Hallingdal samlet nesten full hall på sommerstevnet til Ordet & Israel da han talte over temaet «Den evige kampen for Israels livsrett».
          Kommentar: Blokade, liksom      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
60.000 personer og 450 lastebiler med mat og varer passerer hver dag grensen mellom Israel og Gaza, ifølge en israelsk statistikk for 2017.
          Sørafrikanske Israel-venner marsjerte      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Hundrevis marsjerte i Pretorias gater for å vise sin støtte og kjærlighet til staten Israel. De protesterte mot at Sør-Afrika har trukket tilbake sin ambassadør til Israel.
          Comment on Photo of the day: THE DIVINE AUDACITY ~ CATHEDRAL IN NEW YORK CITY TO START CHARGING ADMISSION by Israel Burciaga      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
When churches start charging admission, their tax exemption should be revoked!
          Heißzeit - Klimaforscher: Erwärmung wird zu häufigeren Extremereignissen führen      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ausgetrocknete Erde eines ehemaligen Ackers mit Trockenrissen in Israel (imago stock&people / blickwinkel M. Schaef)Eine Heißzeit könnte sich auch dann einstellen, wenn das Pariser Klimaschutzabkommen eingehalten wird, sagte Jonathan Donges, Mitautor einer neuen Klima-Studie, im Dlf. Das könnte zu einer globalen Erwärmung von vier bis fünf Grad führen. Gerade deshalb sei es wichtig, an den Pariser Vorgaben festzuhalten.

Jonathan Donges im Gespräch mit Lennart Pyritz
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          Israel lancerer bombeangreb mod Gaza som svar på raketregn      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Tre palæstinensere er omkommet under Israelsk bombeangreb, mens Hamas har sendt 70 raketter den anden vej.
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          Palestine Ambassador to UK: Israel’s Actions Against Flotilla are Piracy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

"The flotilla was attacked in international waters. It was not in the Israeli territorial waters, which means that this is piracy par excellence.."

The post Palestine Ambassador to UK: Israel’s Actions Against Flotilla are Piracy appeared first on MintPress News.


          Renewed Fire Between Israel and Gaza Interrupts Talk of Cease-Fire      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Israel and Hamas exchanged blows across the Gaza border as Egypt and the United Nations tried to broker a long-term cease-fire.
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SÃO FRANCISCO - A Check Point Software Technologies, empresa israelense de cibersegurança, afirma ter descoberto uma brecha no WhatsApp. A falha permite que golpistas alterem o conteúdo ou a identidade do remetente de uma mensagem enviada.SAIBA...
          Las festividades nos conducen a la perfección      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
La Toráh, “Levítico” 23:01 – 23:2:  Y el Señor habló a Moisés diciendo, Habla a los hijos de Israel y diles: El Señor señaló (los días santos) que ustedes deberán asignar como celebraciones santas. Estas son Mis festividades solemnes: La convocación santa en distintos niveles, estas son las fiestas. Antes de juntarse, las personas están […]
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          Civil War 2.0 Looms, But It Won't Be A Race War      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Authored by Kevin Barrett via Unz.com,

When we get tired of blowing up Muslims for Israel, will we turn on ourselves?

Scenarios for a second American Civil War have existed ever since the first one ended. Some hyperbolists called Reconstruction the Second Civil War. Alt-history novelists have imagined the ascension of Huey Long or George McGovern to the presidency as Civil War II trigger. The real-life (?!) ascension of Trump has inspired similar fantasies, leading red state partisans to gleefully thump their chests and imagine how easy and fun it would be to take San Francisco—a fantasy that triggers the hell out of the SF-based blue staters.

How might civil unrest spill over into civil war?

One common scenario is race war. The late Charles Manson, we are told, staged his killer-hippie mass knifings because he thought the Beatles were sending him secret orders to start a black-vs. white apocalypse. Obviously Manson must have been taking some really, REALLY bad acid while playing Beatles records backward in hopes of hearing John sneering “Paul is dead”—then suddenly grokked that the White Album, whose mysterious title does not appear on the record and makes no sense anyway, is really about white power! Manson lieutenant Tex Watkins explained: “and what it (the song ‘Helter Skelter’) meant was the Negros were going to come down and rip the cities all apart…Before Helter Skelter came along, all Charlie cared about was orgies.”

Though Manson was a raving nut, his vision of race war was inspired by contemporary reality. Indeed, while the hippies carried on with their orgies, “the Negros” did rip cities apart. Even before the Deep State murdered Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., blacks in New Jersey, Detroit, Minneapolis, and many other cities had been tearing things up and burning neighborhoods down. The “Long, Hot Summer” of 1967 featured 159 race riots in dozens of US urban centers, and elements of the National Security State were drawing up contingency plans for a race based civil war.

William Pepper - the King family’s attorney who proved in a court of law that the CIA, FBI, and US army killed Dr. King with the help of their organized crime assets - once spoke with a US Army Colonel who admitted to helping plan the assassination. The Colonel said that the military had done extensive focus group style interviews with participants in the 1967 race riots and determined that Dr. King’s charisma was the biggest factor driving the riots. Counterintuitively, the apostle of nonviolence was inspiring the psychological liberation of black people in such a way that a certain percentage felt empowered to act out their repressed anger. So when King determined to bring half a million followers to Washington, DC and stay there until the feds pulled out of Vietnam and declared a real war on poverty, the Colonel and his friends immediately envisioned the nation’s capital erupting into mass violence that could spread nationwide on a scale many orders of magnitude beyond what had happened during 1967’s Long Hot Summer, perhaps precipitating a real civil war culminating in the revolutionary overthrow of the American State. This, the Colonel explained to Pepper, was the primary reason King had to be terminated…with extreme prejudice.

Predictably, the Deep State’s murder of Dr. King did not solve the racial violence problem. The assassination itself set off a wave of new riots in cities including Chicago, Baltimore, and - sorry, Colonel - Washington, DC. White-dominated forces of the State retaliated with escalating repression. Black communities felt increasingly under siege, and have continued to feel that way until the present day. Whether it is panicky white police shooting down black people during traffic stops, on sidewalks, or in the black people’s own backyards, or whether it is black people “acting out” against whites (an interesting and under-reported case is the possibly-Cointelpro-orchestrated[*] Zebra killings discussed here by Ron Unz) the simmering racial violence in America is a seemingly unavoidable component of most projections for a New Civil War.

Most red state vs. blue state scenarios, of course, have a race war component. When Trump’s red-staters invade San Francisco, for example, it will not only be to punish the latté liberals and happy homos for their mushy-headedness and luxuriously deviant lifestyles, but more importantly to “make America white again” by ending the sanctuary city movement and deporting the illegal immigrants…while presumably also putting any black people who have managed to remain in America’s highest-rent city, as well as the déclassé ones across the Bay, in their properly subservient place. In other words, just as the first Civil War was really about race (i.e., slavery) the second one will build on the same theme.

American War

Or will it? Omar al-Akkad’s notable 2017 novel American War begs to differ.

In El-Akkad’s dystopian vision, the War on Muslims mutates into the War on Southerners—but has nothing to do with race. Instead, the Yankee Terror State turns its savagery against the New Rebels of the Free Southern States because those good ole boys and girls (of all shades of skin pigmentation and sexual preference) refuse to give up fossil fuels, choosing instead to secede from the Union.

Al-Akkad’s vision of blue vs. red global-warming-driven war run amok in a near-future America that has completely forgotten about the whole concept of race is surprisingly plausible, at least while you are reading it. (Civil War I, after all, was really about economics not race, so why shouldn’t Civil War II also be over an economic issue?) The plot turns on the adventures of Sarat, a young Red State woman of mixed and meaningless (near-black Chicano and po’ white trash) ancestry who awakens politically and goes after the Blue State occupiers in pretty much the same way the Iraqi resistance went after George W. Bush’s storm troopers.

Unlike most dystopian science fiction, American War is not just showing us a terrible future that is really an exaggerated (we hope) depiction of the present-day world we live in. Al-Akkad’s fictional 2074 America is not so much a pessimistic caricature of actual 2017 America as a wish-fulfillment dream of Americans karmically reaping what they’ve sown in their War on Muslims, euphemistically known as the “war on terror.” The horrors that Sarat and other southerners experience under Yankee occupation - drone killings, rape, massacres, torture, internment camps, orange jumpsuits - are precisely those that Muslims have been experiencing since the false flag event of September 11th, 2001. Sarat’s fictional resistance, which culminates in a fantastically horrific act of revenge against the Yankees, represents gratifying fantasy payback for the real-life Terror War’s murder of 32 million Muslims, and a prescient and timely warning about what GWOT is likely to lead to. The whole thing is premised on helping the American/Western reader empathetically imagine what the post-9/11 world looks like to Muslims in general and resistance fighters in particular: Al-Akkad fosters empathy and identification with our victims by casting the archetypal victim-turned-resistance-fighter as ordinary American rather than exotic foreigner.

Zone 23

An even better dystopian “new civil war” novel, C.J. Hopkins’ Zone 23, hasn’t yet garnered the kind of mainstream support that helped American War collect positive reviews in such outlets as The New York Times, win awards, and generally get noticed and sell plenty of copies.

Perhaps that shouldn’t surprise us, since Hopkins, a regular contributor to Unz Review, is on the red side in the real red-vs.-blue civil war that is raging all around us. (I’m talking about the red-pill vs. blue pill war, of course, not the phony culture wars thing ginned up by the Deep State.) Omar El Akkad, despite the subversive aspects of his book, is basically a blue pill kind of guy: His global warming alarmism, gratuitous decision to make his heroine a lesbian, denial of the existence of race, and general penchant for victimology (not to mention his complete avoidance of 9/11 truth in a Muslim-POV takedown of the “war on terror”) all go down well with the Establishment.

C.J. Hopkins offers a deeper, more accurate, vastly funnier, more genuinely subversive vision. His far-future America, which bears an uncanny resemblance to our nightmarish present, features drone-patrolled hyper-surveiled cities, each of which is divided by an Israeli-style Wall complete with Israeli-style checkpoints and incursions featuring Israeli-style killings of hapless untermenschen. But instead of Israelis vs. Palestinians, the divide here is between the Normals on one side of the wall and the Anti-Socials on the other.

The Normals -  good corporate citizens who are submitting to pharmaceutical and genetic correction so they can work and consume and conform and live meaningless lives like everybody else without batting an eyelash - are conditioned to fear and loathe the Antisocials, who retain enough humanity to rebel, in whatever pathetically insignificant way, against corporatist dystopia.

Zone 23, like American War, imagines the future as post-racial: Hopkins’ Normal vs. Antisocial divide isn’t about race. But it is, nonetheless, very much about behavioral genetics. In this (not so) far future, the Hadley Corporation of Menomonie, Wisconsin has developed a variant-corrected version of the MAO-A gene. Inserted into embryos via germline genetic engineering, this patented DNA produces “clears”: people who are intelligent but incurious, incapable of emotionally-driven fight-or-flight aggression (including the most common defensive variety), “easily trained, highly responsive to visual and verbal commands,” and so on. In other words, perfect corporate citizens!

The corporatist state naturally strives to perfect itself, imposing a “final solution” to the ASP (anti-social person) problem by mandating that henceforth no non-genetically-engineered babies may be born. The result is a very one-sided “race war” in which a few antisocial malcontents try to hold out against what amounts to a genocide against “uncorrected” humanity. The plot follows two of those ASP antiheroes as they throw rocks at the Israeli bulldozer of corporatist genocide.

Hopkins’ ferociously funny yarn is not just a satire on our ever-worsening techno-dystopia. In imagining a genetic basis to the difficulties many of us experience adjusting to hyperconformist “technologically-enhanced” lifestyles, and in portraying individuals struggling and flailing against the uber-civilization around them like flies caught a spider web, Zone 23 resonates with the great critiques of technological civilization. According to this tradition, which runs from Taoist Chinese hermits through Middle Eastern prophets and Marxian critics of “alienation” to contemporary scientists who insist that humans are genetically suited to be hunter-gatherers not high tech city dwellers, we are grossly unsuited for living the kind of lives that most modern humans are, for all practical purposes, forced to lead. Through the Brechtian device of estrangement, Hopkins forces us to recognize ourselves in his beleaguered ASP antiheros.

The apostles of race war, from Hitler to Charles Manson to today’s ultra-Zionists, are hugely bothered by what they see as a supposed basic and massive incompatibility between races, i.e. broad, loosely-identifiable swathes of the human genome. According to their bleak vision, we are doomed to fight and kill our cousins whose slightly different average genetic profiles mark them as Other.

Perhaps there is some truth to this notion. Perhaps our nature includes a strong tendency to in-group vs. out-group hostility. And perhaps we tend to divide in-group from out-group on the basis of ascribed ancestry, that is, along tribal lines.

But those who are hugely bothered by other races (or their own race), like those who loathe people of a different ideology or religion or language, may be getting all worked up over nothing. They may in fact be projecting their own experience of a much deeper alienation. They may simply be natural-born hunter gatherers caught in the trap of modern technological civilization, living fantastically comfortable yet somehow miserable lives, desperately seeking someone Other to blame for their predicament.


          VỤ BẮT CÓC TRỊNH XUÂN THANH TRỞ THÀNH CHUYỆN LỚN TẠI CHÂU ÂU (Tú Anh - RFI)       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   



Tú Anh – RFI
Đăng ngày 08-08-2018

Kinh tế Iran dưới sức ép của Donald Trump, thương mại Pháp thâm thủng nghiêm trọng, một người thợ làm vườn ở California làm run rẩy tập đoàn hóa chất đa quốc gia Monsanto là những tựa lớn của báo chí Pháp hôm nay bên cạnh hồ sơ « Trịnh Xuân Thanh bị Hà Nội đánh thuốc mê và bắt cóc », chiếm một phần ba trang quốc tế của Le Monde.

Ảnh chụp qua màn hình TV : Trịnh Xuân Thanh xuất hiện trên truyền hình Việt Nam nhận tự về nước đầu thú, ngày 03/08/2017.REUTERS/Kham

Cảnh sát Đức nắm đủ chứng cớ vụ bắt cóc Trịnh Xuân Thanh

Slovakia dính líu vào vụ bắt cóc một người Việt ở Đức. Trịnh Xuân Thanh rời châu Âu trong chiếc máy bay của bộ Nội Vụ Slovakia tựa của Le Monde. Nhật báo độc lập mô tả vụ việc này như một tiểu thuyết gián điệp với những nhân vật có thật như (cựu) bộ trưởng Nội Vụ Robert Kalinak, bộ trưởng Công An Tô Lâm, cố vấn thủ tướng Slovakia Lê Hồng Quang và Trịnh Xuân Thanh, một cán bộ cao cấp của đảng Cộng Sản Việt Nam bị thất sủng.

Theo các nhà điều tra Đức, nhờ vào sự giúp đỡ - tự nguyện hay không - của chính quyền Slovakia hồi tháng 07 năm 2017 mà mật vụ Việt Nam đã bắt cóc thành công nhân vật này lúc đó đang tị nạn tại Berlin. Hai tuần sau, Trịnh Xuân Thanh xuất hiện tại Việt Nam và sau đó, lãnh bản án chung thân với tội danh tham nhũng.

Tuy nhiên, cảnh sát Đức không tin vào luận điểm của Hà Nội, theo đó Trịnh Xuân Thanh « tự ý về Việt Nam để được xét xử ». Trong bản báo cáo, cảnh sát Đức ghi rõ « ông Thanh bị cưỡng chế rời không gian Schengen trên một chiếc phi cơ của chính phủ Slovakia ». Ba ngày sau khi mật vụ Việt Nam bắt cóc Trịnh Xuân Thanh ở Berlin, văn phòng bộ Nội Vụ Slovakia chấp thuận một yêu cầu của bộ trưởng Công An Việt Nam Tô Lâm.

Thông tin này, có dính líu đến cựu bộ trưởng Nội Vụ Robert Kalinak, do báo chí Đức loan tải, đã làm Slovakia, quốc gia thành viên của Liên Hiệp Châu Âu từ năm 2004, chới với, kinh ngạc. Bởi vì tai tiếng này xảy ra chỉ 5 tháng sau vụ phóng viên điều tra tham nhũng Jan Kuciak bị bắn chết. Nhà báo Jan Kuciak bị giết trong khi điều tra những mối quan hệ giữa xã hội đen và chính phủ liên minh dân túy cánh tả và cực hữu.

Trước sức ép của công luận qua các cuộc xuống đường trên khắp nước lên án đích danh, bộ trưởng Nội Vụ Robert Kalinak phải từ chức vào ngày 12/03/2018.

Tô Lâm xin Slovakia giúp máy bay ?

Trở lại vụ Trịnh Xuân Thanh vào thời điểm tháng 07 năm 2017, theo lời giải thích của ông Robert Kalinak thì ông được « ông Tô Lâm cho biết đang ở Praha chờ máy bay về Việt Nam nhưng chuyến bay bị hủy nên cần giúp đỡ máy bay để về gấp ». Thế là bộ Nội Vụ Slovakia cấp ngay cho ông Tô Lâm một chiếc phi cơ của bộ, bay đến Praha đón nhóm người Việt rồi bay về Bratislava thủ đô của Slovakia. Sau một cuộc tiếp xúc ngắn giữa Robert Kalinak và đồng nhiệm Tô Lâm tại một khách sạn, chiếc máy bay nói trên cất cánh bay sang Matxcơva. Đó là lời giải thích của cựu bộ trưởng Nội Vụ Slovakia.

Thế nhưng, báo chí Slovakia được một nhân chứng, sĩ quan cảnh sát Slovakia có nhiệm vụ bảo vệ an ninh cho đoàn Việt Nam. Viên cảnh sát này cho biết nhận được lệnh từ vụ trưởng vụ Lễ Tân của bộ Nội Vụ cho một người đàn ông độ 40 tuổi, bước chân loạng choạng, có hai người kèm hai bên, lên xe từ bãi đậu xe của bộ Nội Vụ chở ra phi trường Bratislava, lên máy bay đậu sẵn chở phái đoàn Việt Nam sang Matxcơva.

Thám tử điều tra của Đức gần như chắc chắn người đàn ông này là Trịnh Xuân Thanh, bị đánh ma túy nửa tỉnh nửa mê. Hai người đi kèm dìu hai bên là mật vụ Việt Nam. Chiếc xe « van » của toán đặc nhiệm Việt Nam đậu trước khách sạn Bôrik vào lúc Robert Kalinak và Tô Lâm gặp nhau đã được dữ liệu định vị GPS xác nhận. Chiếc xe này mang biển số Cộng Hoà Séc, trước đó được phát hiện ở Đức và ở nơi xảy ra vụ bắt cóc.

Một chi tiết khác, Lê Hồng Quang, một doanh nhân Việt mang quốc tịch Slovakia, cố vấn thủ tướng thời đó là Robert Fico, cũng có mặt trong chuyến bay từ Praha về Bratislava cùng với bộ trưởng Công An Việt Nam Tô Lâm. Lê Hồng Quang khi đó đang là đại biện ngoại giao sứ quán Slovakia tại Hà Nội.

Ẩn số

Câu hỏi đặt ra là vì sao vào thời điểm diễn ra vụ bắt cóc, bộ trưởng Robert Kalinak không chút thận trọng trước yêu cầu xin máy bay « trên trời rơi xuống » của đồng nhiệm Tô Lâm ?
Chính phủ Đức đã thông báo cho tất cả các nước thành viên trong không gian Schengen, trong đó có Slovakia, vụ Trịnh Xuân Thanh bị bắt cóc. Đã thế, chuyến thăm của Tô Lâm được tổ chức vào giờ chót, ba người đi hạng doanh nhân, một người đi hạng phổ thông vì hết chỗ. Bốn vé máy bay của phái đoàn được đặt mua vào ngày hôm trước ở Cộng hoà Séc, theo báo Dennik N.

Cứu danh dự Slovakia

Tổng thống Andrej Kiska, độc lập, cố gắng làm trong sạch hóa chế độ, yêu cầu điều tra đến nơi đến chốn và thúc giục đương kim bộ trưởng Nội Vụ từ chức vì bà này bị nghi ngờ cản trở điều tra để bao che cho người tiền nhiệm. Tai tiếng vụ Trịnh Xuân Thanh làm cho tổng thống Kiska lo âu cho danh tiếng của Slovakia trên trường ngoại giao châu Âu.

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Trung Quốc gì cũng mua để phục hồi sinh lý : Sau tê giác đến da lừa
"Da lừa của Kenya giao cho yêu tinh Trung Quốc", đó là tựa bài phóng sự của Le Monde kèm theo bài xã luận tố cáo Bắc Kinh hủy diệt sinh thái châu Phi.

Sau khi sát hại gần hết giống lừa tại Hoa lục, từ 11 triệu con xuống còn 5 triệu, Trung Quốc tấn công vào Kenya. Quốc gia này là nước cuối cùng tại châu Phi còn bán da lừa cho Bắc Kinh mà hệ quả là chỉ trong vòng 8 năm, động vật kéo xe của dân nghèo đã giảm 50% từ 1,8 triệu xuống 900 ngàn. Trung Quốc mua da lừa để cà thành bột trị bệnh thiếu máu và tăng cường sinh lực tình dục.

Thấy đoàn động vật của mình sắp bị diệt chủng, nhiều nước châu Phi như Niger,Burkina Faso và Botswana cấm xuất khẩu sang Trung Quốc. Theo Le Monde, trong thế cờ kinh tế và đại chính trị, vụ da lừa chỉ là một chuyện nhỏ mà nạn nhân là loài gia súc bị hy sinh làm thần dược nhưng trên thực tế cho thấy châu Phi đã thành « vùng đất hứa » : "Trung Quốc khai thác tài nguyên thiên nhiên, dầu hỏa, uranium, kim loại tối cần để phát triển kinh tế mà còn biến châu lục đen này thành thị trường tiêu thụ hàng biến chế của Trung Quốc. Trong vòng không đầy 20 năm, trao đổi thương mại giữa Trung Quốc và châu Phi đã từ 10 tỷ đôla lên 200 tỷ".

Trước những mối lợi trước mắt, liệu Kenya có đủ sức khước từ để bảo vệ đoàn gia súc của mình hay không ? Từ hai thập niên nay, Trung Quốc là thị trường số một tiêu thụ ngà voi châu Phi cho dù từ 1989, cộng đồng quốc tế ngăn cấm. Đến năm 2015, Tập Cận Bình, cảm thấy cần phải đánh bóng thể diện quốc gia, đã ra lệnh cấm bán ngà voi. Thế nhưng lừa thì sao ?

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Iran dưới sức ép củaDonald Trump
Trong bài xã luận « đánh cược Ba Tư », Le Figaro đặt câu hỏi « liệu trừng phạt có làm chế độ lung lay hay không ? ». Theo nhật báo cánh hữu, khác với Bắc Triều Tiên khép kín, Iran là một cường quốc cấp vùng, có quan hệ khắp Trung Cận đông do vậy ván cờ áp lực của Donald Trump có nhiều rủi ro. Tuy nhiên, không ai rõ là tổng thống thứ 45 của Mỹ tính gì. Ông đe dọa rồi lại mở cánh cửa đối thoại khi lệnh trừng phạt có hiệu lực. Điều rõ ràng duy nhất là Donald Trump nhắc nhở thế giới ai là « chủ nhân » và đẩy châu Âu vào thế phản đối vô vọng. Còn theo đặc phái viên ở Teheran, Iran đang « sắp chết ngạt ». Một trường hợp cụ thể là dưới sức ép của Mỹ, các ngân hàng nước ngoài từ chối tài trợ nhập khẩu, ngân hàng trung ương không có tiền mặt. Đồng tiền mất giá làm một doanh nhân bị lỗ 2 triệu đôla sau khi bán ra 200 thùng hàng mới nhập từ châu Á.

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Châu Âu trả đũa yếu ớt
Tin bi quan thứ nhất tràn ngập báo chí Pháp là nhập siêu tăng kinh khủng : 33 tỷ euro trong sáu tháng đầu năm.

Tin bi quan thứ hai là trước lệnh trừng phạt Iran của Mỹ, Bruxelles gần như vô kế khả thi để bảo vệ doanh nghiệp châu Âu.

Iran : Liên Hiệp Châu Âu cố gắng chận lệnh trừng phạt của Mỹ, La Croix loan tin nhưng không mấy tin tưởng với tiểu tựa : Giới doanh nghiệp hoài nghi hiệu năng của luật châu Âu.
Les Echos cũng đưa tựa : Trả đũa yếu xìu của Bruxelles. Tại sao ? Bởi vì « luật ngăn chận trừng phạt » ban hành năm 1996 chưa bao giờ được sử dụng. Nguyên tắc là bảo vệ các công ty châu Âu bị Mỹ trừng phạt nhưng lại có điều khoản trừng phạt công ty tuân thủ lệnh cấm vận.

Về thời sự châu Á, Le Monde trở lại số phận của sắc tộc Rohingya - Miến Điện. Trong số hơn nửa triệu người tị nạn tại Bangladesh, có thể 100 ngàn người sẽ bị đưa ra một hải đảo trong vịnh Bengal. Tuy nhiên, Liên Hiệp Quốc kêu gọi Dacca suy xét lại bởi vì đây là nơi thường xuyên bị lũ lụt.

Trung Đông, ngoài Iran, vụ ám sát tiến sĩ vật lý người Syria tên Aziz Asber được Le Monde chú ý. Nhà khoa học này ít được biết đến nhưng là cột trụ của chương trình vũ khí chiến lược của Damas. Một nhóm thánh chiến tự nhận là thủ phạm gài mìn ám sát tối thứ Bảy nhưng theo Le Monde « đây là lần đầu tiên một chuyên gia vũ khí Syria bị thanh toán theo cách thức gần giống như chiến thuật của tình báo Israel ». Trái lại, đối lập Syria cho rằng giám đốc cơ quan nghiên cứu khoa học Syria bị chế độ thanh toán.

Các tài liệu mật của Pháp cho rằng chính cơ quan nghiên cứu khoa học này đóng vai trò then chốt trong việc chế tạo vũ khí hóa học mà quân đội Syria sử dụng tấn công đối lập võ trang và thường dân trong những vùng do đối lập kiểm sóat.

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Châu chấu đá xe Monsanto
Liberation giới thiệu chân dung của một người Mỹ da đen, thợ làm vườn, đang làm rung chuyển tập đoàn hóa chất Mỹ Monsanto. Dewayne Johnson, 46 tuổi, bị ung thư sau ba năm sử dụng thuốc diệt cỏ, kiện tập đoàn hóa chất ra toà. Sau một tháng xét xử, toà án Caliornia sắp công bố phán quyết. Luật sư Brent Wisner của nguyên đơn có lập luận vững như bê tông :" tập đoàn hóa chất này chống lại khoa học và chỉ lưu tâm đến lợi nhuận kinh tế mà thôi". Luật sư cho biết là Monsanto có trong tay 3,1 tỷ đôla tiền mặt. Do vậy, ông sẽ hỏi thẩm phán « làm cách nào để trừng phạt một tập đoàn có nhiều tiền như thế ? Phạt bao nhiêu thì tập đoàn giàu có như thế xem là không đáng kể ? » Vị luật sư này cho biết tại Mỹ hiện có 4000 đơn kiện đang được thụ lý.








          Bayit Yehudi Jerusalem Campaign is Still Anti-Chareidi – Bennet Orders Halting the Campaign Immediately      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Bayit Yehudi Jerusalem Campaign is Still Anti-Chareidi – Bennet Orders Halting the Campaign Immediately

Chairman of the Bayit Yehudi party, Minister Naftali Bennet, has ordered the immediate halting of the party’s Jerusalem mayoral campaign, which even after being revised, is still premised on being anti-chareidi.

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MK Yogev: With Chutzpah, the Europeans Continuing Working Behind Israel’s Back

The EU has formulated a plan to establish a transportation infrastructure that will connect Gaza to Yehuda and Shomron. The plan was made without updating or involving elements in Israel.

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Israel Police Continues its Battle to Reduce Road Fatalities

In the framework of the ongoing struggle of the Israel Police for improved road safety, seeking to reduce traffic fatalities, the police are focusing on enforcement against life-threatening offenses and ‘bullying’ on the road.

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Jewish Woman Detained & Ousted from Har Habayis For Davening [VIDEOS]

A Jewish woman was detained and expelled from Har Habayis on Wednesday morning, 27 Menachem Av, as she violated regulations for non-Muslim visitors by davening on the holy site.

Due to ongoing activities by Har Habayis organizations and elected officials, there continues to be an increasing number of Jewish visitors to the site, with a new record set for Jews visiting this past Tisha B’Av, when some 1,400 visited the site.

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          Petira of HaRav Chaim Deutsch ZATZAL, Belvoved Bnei Brak Morah D’asra      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Petira of HaRav Chaim Deutsch ZATZAL, Belvoved Bnei Brak Morah D’asra

Beloved Bnei Brak Rabbi, Rabbi Chaim Deutsch, passed away on Wednesday after his medical condition took a turn for the worse over the late evening hours. Rabbi Deutsch was the Moreh D’asra of two Shuls, Heichal Ze’ev and Yad Natan in the city.

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          Morocco’s Chief Rabbi Passes Away, HaRav Amar Tells Story Of His Release from Prison      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Morocco’s Chief Rabbi Passes Away, HaRav Amar Tells Story Of His Release from Prison

Chief Rabbi of Morocco Rabbi Aharon Monsonego passed away at the age of 90 at the Shaarei Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem early Tuesday, August 6.

Monsonego already in an advanced age and frail health was taken to hospital where he passed away.

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          Что может означать для Израиля американо-иранская встреча?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Iran revolution day

Даниель Кригер, 4 августа 2018

Президент США Дональд Трамп недавно предложил встретиться с президентом Ирана Рухани без каких-либо предварительных условий. Какова цель такой встречи? Каково может быть потенциальное воздействие на Израиль и вообще на Ближний Восток?
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          Hysteria over Nation-State Law      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The reality is that this law was designed to ratify classical Zionism, reject post-Zionism and reiterate that Israel is a Jewish state. Not a single clause can be construed as racist,
          DEKKER, Desmond & THE ACES - Action!/Intensified (Doctor Bird) 2xCD      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Title: Action!/Intensified
Artist: DEKKER, Desmond & THE ACES
Label: Doctor Bird
Format: 2xCD

Track listing:
MP3 Sample Mother Pepper (Action!)
MP3 Sample Don't Blame Me
MP3 Sample You've Got Your Troubles
MP3 Sample Personal Possession
MP3 Sample Unity
MP3 Sample 007
MP3 Sample It Pays
MP3 Sample Young Generation
MP3 Sample Mother Long Tongue
MP3 Sample Sabotage
MP3 Sample Mother Young Gal
MP3 Sample Keep A Cool Head
MP3 Sample Rudy Got Soul (bonus track)
MP3 Sample Pretty Africa (bonus track)
MP3 Sample Shing-A-Ling (bonus track)
MP3 Sample Wise Man (alternate version - bonus track)
MP3 Sample Beautiful & Dangerous (bonus track)
MP3 Sample It's A Shame (bonus track)
MP3 Sample Hanging Tree (alternate version - bonus track)
MP3 Sample Dancing Time (bonus track)
MP3 Sample Bongo Gal (alternate version - bonus track)
MP3 Sample Writing On The Wall (bonus track)
MP3 Sample Sweet Music (alternate version - bonus track)
MP3 Sample Hey Grandma (bonus track)
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MP3 Sample Gimme Gimme (bonus track)
MP3 Sample Ah It Mek (Intensified)
MP3 Sample Too Much Too Soon
MP3 Sample Coconut Water
MP3 Sample Sweet Music
MP3 Sample My Lonely World (To Sir With Love)
MP3 Sample Rude Boy Train
MP3 Sample (Poor Me) Israelites
MP3 Sample It Is Not Easy
MP3 Sample Intensified (Music Like Dirt)
MP3 Sample Nincompoop
MP3 Sample Tips Of My Fingers
MP3 Sample Wise Man
MP3 Sample It Pays (alternate version - bonus track)
MP3 Sample Bongo Gal (bonus track)
MP3 Sample Rudy Got Soul (alternate version - bonus track)
MP3 Sample Unity (alternate version - bonus track)
MP3 Sample Sugar & Spice (bonus track)
MP3 Sample Personal Possessio (alternate version - bonus track)
MP3 Sample Hanging Tree (bonus track)
MP3 Sample Young Generation (alternate version - bonus track)
MP3 Sample Mother Long Tongue (alternate version - bonus track)
MP3 Sample Sentimental Reason (bonus track)
MP3 Sample Keep A Cool Head (alternate version - bonus track)
MP3 Sample Fu Manchu (alternate version - bonus track)
MP3 Sample Problems (bonus track)
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          Krav Maga Defense: How to Defend Yourself Against the 12 Most Common Unarmed Street Attacks      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Название: Krav Maga Defense: How to Defend Yourself Against the 12 Most Common Unarmed Street Attacks
Автор: David Kahn
Страниц: 256
Формат: EPUB
Размер: 17.7 MB
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Язык: Английский
Год издания: 2016


 David Kahn, author of Krav Maga and Advanced Krav Maga, is back again with KRAV MAGA Defence: The Twelve Most Common Unarmed Street Attacks. Created by the Israeli army for self-defence, Krav Maga is gaining popularity around the world, especially here in the US. Kahn is a self-defence expert, teacher, and board member of the Israeli Krav Maga Association. Through photos, Kahn will teach you how to gain the upper hand in the twelve most common unarmed street attacks
          El edil de Alájar llegará esta tarde a su localidad, que ha vivido "con inquietud" su reivindicación en Israel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
El activista de la Flotilla de La Libertad, Francisco Canales, detenido en Israel tras el asalto al velero 'Freedom' el domingo de madrugada, llegará esta tarde a Alájar (Huelva), la localidad donde reside y donde es concejal la Agrupación de Electores de Alájar (AEA), un municipio que ha vivido con "inquietud" todo este proceso.
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Seorang warga terluka akibat serangan tersebut.
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Nach Angaben der israelischen Armee sind am Mittwoch Dutzende Raketen aus dem Gazastreifen in Richtung der israelischen Stadt Sderot abgefeuert worden. Bei den Gegenangriffen wurden eine schwangere Frau und ihre kleine Tochter getötet.
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          Chile's Michelle Bachelet tapped next UN human rights chief      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The two-term Chilean ex-leader and torture survivor will face a host of challenges in her new role. Bachelet's moves will also be closely watched by Israel and the US, who repeatedly criticized her predecessor.
          Hamas fires rockets, Israel bombs Gaza despite talk of truce      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel and the Israeli army responded with air strikes on Wednesday despite talk from both sides of progress towards a possible truce to avert a fourth war in a decade.

          8/9/2018: FRONT PAGE: IAF launches strikes in Gaza after barrage of rockets on South      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Israel Air Force retaliated by striking targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening, after 15 people were treated for wounds or shock resulting from rocket attacks from Gaza against southern Israel. Color Red rocket-warning sirens continued to...
          Hostile Campus Environment From Anti-Israel Incidents      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
New study finds dangers in anti-Zionist activity; Stanford’s response to threatening Facebook post criticized.
          8/9/2018: FRONT PAGE: Livni: PM is ‘dissolving glue of Israeli society’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Lawmakers of the opposition bashed the Jewish Nation-State Law in a special session of the Knesset Wednesday. Opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union) said she envisioned a version of the law that says: “‘Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish...
          Randi Weingarten Wants Teachers’ Union To Love Israel, Publicly Criticizing It      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          8/9/2018: NEWS: Israel to triple Amihai settlement’s land area      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Israel plans to triple the area of the newly created Amihai settlement, so that its boundaries would include the Adei Ad outpost. Such a move would allow for the legalization of Adei Ad, which was first built in 1998 with NIS 2.9 million from the...
          8/9/2018: NEWS: UN: Israel must allow fuel into Gaza to prevent hospital closures      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Israel should allow the passage of fuel and gas into Gaza to prevent the closure of hospitals in the Strip, the United Nations said on Wednesday. “Restricting the entry of emergency fuel to Gaza is a dangerous practice, with grave consequences on the...
          8/9/2018: NEWS: Eisenkot: IDF the most prepared its been in 20 years      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The IDF is well-prepared to defend Israel on three fronts, Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Wednesday. “The IDF is better prepared than it has been in the last 20 years,” according to...
          8/9/2018: NEWS: IAF gets first female squadron leader      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The first woman to command an Israel Air Force squadron was appointed by IAF Commander Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin on Tuesday. Norkin appointed Maj. G. (her entire name is withheld due for security reasons) as commander of the 122 Squadron, the IAF’s...
          8/9/2018: NEWS: Innovative Israeli knee surgery implant used here for the first time      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

At the beginning of August, Hadassah University Medical Center on Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus successfully performed knee surgery using a new coral-based implant created by an Israeli startup. The implant, Agili-C, was created by CartiHeal, a Kfar...
          8/9/2018: NEWS: Legal action taken against first BDS motion by Latin American municipality      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

An organization of Chilean-Israelis has filed a legal action against the municipal council of the Chilean city of Valdivia and its mayor, which recently approved the first municipal BDS motion in Latin America. BDS refers to the boycott, divestment and...
          8/9/2018: NEWS: German state governor boycotts anti-Israel music festival affiliated with BDS      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Armin Laschet, the governor of Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, announced on Tuesday that he will not attend the Ruhrtriennale arts and music festival because it has not separated itself from advocacy of the boycott, divestment,...
          8/9/2018: NEWS: Archaeological finds bode the end for Meggido prison      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The end is nigh at Armageddon – at least for an old Israeli prison near the ancient ruins of Megiddo, by tradition the site of the apocalyptic Biblical battle between good and evil. Half an hour’s drive south of Nazareth, Armageddon is a popular site...
          8/9/2018: NEWS: In new TV series – ‘Between Arizona and Ness Ziona’ – Chaim Hecht tries to scare Israelis away from moving to US      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Chaim Hecht just wants his son to move back to Israel. But apparently, the begging and pleading by the veteran Israeli TV host hasn’t been doing the trick. So instead, he created a TV show. Hecht’s From Arizona to Ness Ziona premiered earlier this...
          8/9/2018: NEWS: Kuwait Airways to compensate Israeli barred from flight      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Mandy Blumenthal was shocked when Kuwait Airways stopped her from buying a return ticket to Bangkok at London’s Heathrow Airport. At first, she received kind service from the airline’s representative, but an unexpected turn led to her suing the...
          8/9/2018: NEWS: OPERA IN THE PARK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Israeli Opera holds a general rehearsal last night at Hayarkon Park’s Ganei Yehoshua of a new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco, ahead of Thursday’s gala ‘Opera in the Park’ presentation. Verdi’s ‘Jewish’ opera showcases King Nebuchadnezzar,...
          8/9/2018: SPORTS: Israel’s Minenko into Euro final      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
As the European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin picked up steam on Wednesday, Israel’s triple-jumper Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko qualified for the final with a 14.41-meter jump on her final attempt. The 28-year-old Israeli skipper...
          8/9/2018: COMMENT & FEATURES: Moscow on the Golan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Russia has deployed Military Police to eight observation points on the Golan. For the first time, Israeli and Russian forces are directly across from each other at a border. This has the makings of a new strategic alignment in Syria, potentially...
          8/9/2018: COMMENT & FEATURES: Ibn Khaldun and the Law ‘Israel: The Nation State of the Jewish Nation’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Numerous detractors have emerged against the new law passed by the Knesset “Israel: The Nation State of the Jewish Nation,” of which beyond doubt, the most important are liberal Jewish Israelis and the political parties that represent them, the Zionist...
          8/9/2018: COMMENT & FEATURES: Sayed Kashua’s hypocrisy regarding Israel’s Nationality Law      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On July 30, Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-Arab author, published an opinion piece in the New York Times about his family’s reaction to Israel’s new nationality law. It is a conversation between him and his family while driving in Israel. Marshaling the...
          8/9/2018: COMMENT & FEATURES: A question of honor      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Honor. Respect. Dignity. A lot of what is going on now between Israel and the Palestinians centers around honor – national honor. A lot of what is going on inside of Israel is linked to how different parts of the public relate to the need for honor and...
          8/9/2018: BUSINESS & FINANCE: Cellcom to buy 70% of fiber optic venture      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Israel’s largest mobile phone operator, Cellcom, said on Wednesday it signed a memorandum of understanding to invest in the Israel Electric Corp’s (IEC) fiber optic venture. Cellcom will invest 100 million shekels ($27 million) in exchange for 70% of...
          8/9/2018: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: A smiling sun sets on Brian Wilson      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

BRIAN WILSON Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv August 7 It was only a little more than two years ago when famed Beach Boys founder and pop composer Brian Wilson made his Israel debut, performing the 1966 masterpiece Pet Sounds in its entirety at the...
          8/9/2018: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Suzanne Vega returns to Israel for two shows      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

American singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega will be returning to Israel next month for two unique shows – both accompanied by a string orchestra from the Ra’anana Symphonette. Vega’s first performance will be at the Tamar Festival at Masada on September...
          8/9/2018: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Moshe Mizrahi, only Israeli director of Oscar-winning film, dies at 86      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Israeli filmmaker Moshe Mizrahi, the only Israeli director of an Academy Award-winning film, was buried in Tel Aviv. Mizrahi died Friday in Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv He was 86. He directed the 1977 Oscar winner Madame Rosa, which was filmed in...
          8/9/2018: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: THRILLER      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

‘I Am King: the Michael Jackson Experience,’ a Las Vegasbased extravaganza based on the music of pop legend Michael Jackson will be coming to Israel for 20 shows at the beginning of 2019. The troupe of musicians, singers and dancers will be performing...
          Gaza diserang lagi      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

SEMENANJUNG GAZA, 27 Zulkaedah 1439H, Khamis – Seorang rakyat Palestin terbunuh, manakala sekurang-kurangnya enam yang lain cedera dalam serangan udara yang disasarkan rejim pengganas Israel di utara Gaza, malam tadi. Pesawat bersenjata dan tempur F-16 rejim itu menyasarkan serangan di beberapa kawasan berasingan di seluruh Semenanjung Gaza, yang dikepung. Media Israel mendakwa, serangan udara itu …

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           Nga quyết không khoanh tay để Mỹ, Israel “đánh hội đồng” Iran       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nga sẽ không đơn giản trao Iran cho Israel hay Mỹ. Lý do này bao gồm cả thực tế rằng Mỹ-Israel và Ả rập Xê-út đang tiến hành một cuộc chiến lớn chống lại Iran. Cuộc chiến này sẽ không ngoài mục đích "thay đổi chế độ" tại Iran và có thể tạo nên những hậu quả thảm khốc lan ra trong khu vực từ Syria, Iran tới Trung Á hay ngay cả nước Nga, theo JNO.Với câu hỏi về sự hiện diện của Iran tại Syria đang nóng lên - sự hiện diện này không phải là không hợp pháp và cũng không phải là một cuộc xâm lược như những gì Mỹ đang làm, căng thẳng trong khu...
          9 Israelis Wounded In Hamas Rocket Salvo — Palestinian Mom And Baby Killed In Retaliatory Strikes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At least 9 Israelis were wounded when Gaza militants fired scores of rockets into Israel.
          Upprop: ”Israels nya lag tillåter rasdiskriminering”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Den nya nationalstatslagen i Israel tillåter uttryckligen diskriminering, skriver mer än hundra kulturpersonligheter och ansluter sig till ett israeliskt upprop. .
          PA: Closing Cave of Patriarchs is a 'crime'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
PA blasts Israeli decision to close Cave of Patriarchs in Hevron to Muslims for a period of 24 hours.


          IAF attacks vehicle used by Gaza terror squad      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Gaza terrorists fire at least 70 rockets at southern Israel. IAF attacks vehicle of terrorist squad.


          Birthright co-founder: Don't criticize Israel on our nickel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Birthright Israel co-founder Charles Bronfman says young Jews are free to criticize Israel, but not while enjoying a free trip.


          Hamas: Israel will not determine the rules of the game      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Hamas leadership stresses its determination to prevent Israel from exercising military freedom.


          Comment on The Abiy Phenomenon by saay7      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Selamat Semere T: How can you make bold predictions and not have anything in caps? Kidding! Everybody is so touchy. Ok, lets see: <blockquote>1. - The current Ethio-Eritrean "warm" relation was was cooked way, way, way back. It was just marketed and sold to the public during Abiy/Isaias visits to Asmara and Addis to maximize the political capital of both leaders and their team.</blockquote> Agree, and I have said as much many times. In facts, Reuters has a report about that: that it started in 2017 during the reign of Hailemariam Desalegn who says that after the death of Meles Zenawi, EPRDF had agreed that it needs to unconditionally accept Algiers Agreement. Then came the UAE and Saudi Arabia with their dinars, for the purposes of blocking out Qatar, Turkey and China. Bribed Ethiopia big bucks; Eritrea was already bought. <blockquote> 2. - Among the many issues that were discussed and agreed upon (border demarcation, trade, movement of people, opposition forces to both Addis and Asmara, the Woyane role in future Ethiopia, Ethiopia's role in the Red Sea Horn region, Eritrea's role in the region as trusted and loyal ally of Ethiopia.....) I truly believe Western and regional powers as brokers and guarantors (a) a blueprint for peaceful transfer of power in Eritrea (b) political immunity (sovereignty) with an ironclad guarantee (assurance) for Isaias Afewerki, the aging and frail top PFDJ leaders, and to the senior PFDJ cadres was agreed by all.</blockquote> Agreed, for the most part. The immunity was for IA only, and it was given by US via UAE and Qatar. Neither IA nor the rest of the countries give a hoot about the "frail top PFDJ leaders." <blockquote>3. - When Isaias Afewerki showed all the emotions when he was with Dr. Abiy, it was an expression of trust he put on on Abiy (his life, the life of his family, his legacy, the life of his friends and colleagues, and the fate of his country). Because the power, influence, and access to the powerful Ethiopia has can't be underestimated. Because Isaias Afewerki, his family, his legacy, the safety and security of his colleagues and friends, the peace and security of the nation is as good as the honest commitment of Ethiopian leaders.</blockquote> Agreed, but I would put it differently. It was the happiness and marvel of a guy who learned that he just got away with it. He was on the path to ICC just a few months ago, and now serious people are talking about MoIbrahim Award and Nobel Peace Prize. <blockquote> 4. - That as an objective to move foreword, Isaias Afewerki has invested heavily on Ethiopia and Ethiopian leaders (since Ghedli years) in all Ethiopian political denominations. And today, outside the Woyane circle, he has earned a lot of respect from all, especially from the Amara and Oromo political brands.</blockquote> Mixed. I agree that he has always been about Ethiopia, but about Ethiopia of his vision: One Ethiopia. That's why he hated TPLF's vision for Ethiopia and that's why he was so comfortable with Gnbot 7 even when it ocassionally said that to it, "One Ethiopia" means Ethiopia with Eritrea and ports. There was an EPLF veteran, the front's representative to Somalia during Ghedli who was interviewed by Assenna a few years ago (I forget his name; iSem will come up with it.) He says he arranged a meeting for the Sidama Liberation Front to meet with Isaias and when they told him their objective included secession from Ethiopia he was so mad and so incensed by this heresy he shouted at them. Some of my oppo comrades have attributed all sorts of heritage-ancestry explanation for this, but it was an ideology for him: Emama Ethiopia must be unified and it must be a unitary state. (And yes I believe Mesfin Hagos' narration: he wouldn't have minded Eritrea being part of Ethiopia if he could rule it and if it could remain a unitary state, which was heretical to TPLF's vision of Ethiopia as a federal system. <blockquote>5. - Soon, the usual will happen (a) world wide PFDJ conference (congress) will take place (b) laws, constitution, policies...... would be revised (c) new PFDJ blood would assume leadership role (d) the new leadership will grant immunity to all Tegadelti and Non-Tegadelti PFDJ top and senior leaders</blockquote> The Front will forgive itself? Or the leaders of the front will forgive themselves and, in the process, forgive those whom they victimized? I don't see it as in the nature of petty Isaias: there will always be someone who want make the cut. And, no, it won't be "the PFDJ' making the decision; but Isaias Afwerki, personally, going over every file of the thousands (I am going to say tens of thousands but please don't faint) of prisoners. <blockquote> 6. - If there is a good consensus on the PFDJ congress, very young leaders with a long term will be elected/nominated. If there is not much consensus, an older guy will take a leadership role with a shorter term limit to help build higher consensus.</blockquote> There is no such thing as PFDJ consensus. There is an IA wish list, and that's all. And yes, as I said, there will be a PFDJ-II. <blockquote>7. - To reward and to honor Isaias, the Ghedli leaders, and the Ghedli generation, Ethio-Eritrean border will be demarcated with a funfair before PFDJ congress and the new leadership.</blockquote> This is creative, something that a PR mastermind would come up with. I will make a bolder prediction: it will happen with TPLF presence and by then TPLF will have shed its decrepit leadership and the PFDJ will declare that one as its victory too:) <blockquote> 8. - Isaias Afewerki, as an ex president of Eritrea, his safety and security protected, will live in Eritrea antil his time of death.</blockquote> Agree, except it will follow the model of another moralizing dictator, Julius Nyerere, who died in Ireland. Isaias will be in a Saudi hospital. Remember, African tyrants never build anything worthwhile, not even a hospital they have enough faith to die in. <blockquote> 9. - The Eritrean opposition, former Tegadeltis and Non former Tegadeltis alike, should stop criminalizing Isaias and PFDJ and join this political venue to stay relevant.</blockquote> Yeah, Eritrean oppositionist, why are you such party-poopers? We arent you celebrating when there is nothing in it for you? Things your boldness got timid on: * The fate of the exiled Eritrean freedom fighters now in opposition * The fate of Eritrean refugees in Sudan, Ethiopia, Israel * The fate of the non-PFDJ prisoners * The fate of National Service. saay
          Knesset holds special session on controversial Israel nation state law      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Israel's parliament held a special session on Wednesday to debate a controversial law passed last month declaring the country the nation state of the Jewish people.
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Senator Chuck Grassley goes to the WSJ to call out the emptiness of Senator Schumer's demand to see Brett Kavanaugh's documents from his time as staff secretary to President George W. Bush. Schumer has announced that he has no intention of voting for Kavanaugh, so why does he need to see the documents if his mind is already made up?
Presumably, Mr. Schumer announced that he would oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination before he read the judge’s 307 written opinions and the many other opinions he joined. Certainly, it was before he reviewed the more than 17,000 pages Judge Kavanaugh provided to the committee in response to our bipartisan questionnaire and an estimated one million pages of documents the committee has requested from the Bush White House, where Judge Kavanaugh once worked.

It stands to reason that Senator Schumer wasn’t too concerned about Judge Kavanaugh’s record before he announced his opposition. Why is it so important to Senator Schumer now?

Democratic leaders are demanding access to every page from every email and every paper record from every one of the hundreds of White House aides who came and went during the entire eight years of President Bush’s time in office. This includes records that merely mention Judge Kavanaugh’s name and records he’s never seen. That is not reasonable. As I have made clear, I will not put taxpayers on the hook for a fishing expedition.

These documents include those from Judge Kavanaugh’s time as White House staff secretary, a post that manages the paper flow into and out of the Oval Office. They are both the least relevant documents to the nomination and the most sensitive to the executive branch, two considerations that have guided previous review processes. They’re extremely sensitive because they contain policy advice that went directly to President Bush, and the policy directives that came directly from him, on the full range of presidential responsibilities, including national security.

The staff secretary is an important position, but it’s decidedly less revealing of Judge Kavanaugh’s legal thinking than his 12 years as a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and his legal service in the White House Counsel’s Office and the Office of Independent Counsel—roles in which he acted as a lawyer. The staff secretary documents consist largely of materials Judge Kavanaugh didn’t write. They were prepared by policy advisers across the executive branch. The materials are also saturated with irrelevant documents—including miscellaneous news clippings, the daily schedule, and even the White House lunch menu....

So recent complaints from Mr. Schumer and other Democrats about the scope of records requests ring hollow, especially coming from senators who have already declared their opposition to Judge Kavanaugh and initially refused even to meet with him....

The next time you hear complaints about the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vetting process—the most extensive and transparent in history—remember Mr. Schumer’s pledge to oppose Judge Kavanaugh with everything he’s got. How much more do Democratic leaders need to know when they’re already voting no?
Exactly. I'm glad that Grassley is signaling that he's not going to fall for these stalling tactics.


David French writes in the NYT
about the banning of Alex Jones by Apple, Facebook and YouTube. As French and anyone with a moral sense acknowledges, Alex Jones is a loathsome person. But there is another method for tackling his disgusting statements - slander and libel laws rather than having private companies deciding suddenly that his language is too objectionable for their platforms.
Let me start by making a few things abundantly clear. First, Alex Jones is a loathsome conspiracy theorist who generates loathsome content. Second, there is no First Amendment violation when a private company chooses to boot anyone off a private platform. Third, it seems reasonably clear that Mr. Jones’s content isn’t just morally repugnant, it’s also legally problematic. He makes wild, false claims that may well cross the line into libel and slander.

Right now, Mr. Jones is defending lawsuits filed by multiple Sandy Hook Elementary families accusing him of making intentionally false factual statements. Most appallingly, he has insisted that these grieving families were faking their pain: “I’ve looked at it and undoubtedly there’s a cover-up, there’s actors, they’re manipulating, they’ve been caught lying and they were preplanning before it and rolled out with it.”

So on Monday, when Apple, Facebook and YouTube acted — in seemingly coordinated fashion — to remove the vast bulk of Mr. Jones’s content from their sites, there’s no cause for worry, right? After all, this was an act of necessary public hygiene. A terrible human being who has no regard for truth or decency is finally getting what he deserves.
The problem is the subjectivity of the sites' decisions.
Rather than applying objective standards that resonate with American law and American traditions of respect for free speech and the marketplace of ideas, the companies applied subjective standards that are subject to considerable abuse. Apple said it “does not tolerate hate speech.” Facebook accused Mr. Jones of violating policies against “glorifying violence” or using “dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants.” YouTube accused Mr. Jones of violating policies against “hate speech and harassment.”

These policies sound good on first reading, but they are extraordinarily vague. We live in times when the slightest deviation from the latest and ever-changing social justice style guide is deemed bigoted and, yes, “dehumanizing.” We live in a world where the Southern Poverty Law Center, a formerly respected civil-rights organization, abuses its past trust to label a host of mainstream organizations (including my former employer, the Alliance Defending Freedom) and individuals as “hate groups,” “white nationalists” or “anti-Muslim extremists,” based sometimes on disagreements about theology or sexual morality or sometimes on outright misreadings and misrepresentations of an individual’s beliefs and views.

Exhibit A of how wrong the center has been: In June, it paid Maajid Nawaz $3.375 million for labeling him an “anti-Muslim extremist.” This is rich, considered Mr. Nawaz is a former Islamist turned Muslim reformer.

Yet Big Tech still listens to the Southern Poverty Law Center and takes action to punish its targets. Amazon recently booted Alliance Defending Freedom from its AmazonSmile charity program because of the center’s designation....

One doesn’t even have to look to Big Tech to see the almost infinite malleability of the “hate speech” label. In the name of stopping hate speech, university mobs have turned their ire not just against alt-right figures like Milo Yiannopoulos and Richard Spencer, but also against the most mainstream of conservative voices, like Ben Shapiro and Heather Mac Donald.

Dissenting progressives aren’t spared, either. Just ask Evergreen State College’s Bret Weinstein, who was hounded out of a job after refusing to participate in a “day of absence” protest in which white students and faculty members were supposed to leave campus for the day to give students and faculty members of color exclusive access to the college.
Rather than having these private companies decide on their own what is objectionable to them with vague definitions of hate speech, it would be better, French argues to make their decisions based on the legal definitions of libel and slander.
To be sure, this would tie their hands more: Unlike “hate speech,” libel and slander have legal meanings. There is a long history of using libel and slander laws to protect especially private figures from false claims. It’s properly more difficult to use those laws to punish allegations directed at public figures, but even then there are limits on intentionally false factual claims.

It’s a high bar. But it’s a bar that respects the marketplace of ideas, avoids the politically charged battle over ever-shifting norms in language and culture and provides protection for aggrieved parties. Nor do tech companies have to wait for sometimes yearslong legal processes to work themselves out. They can use their greater degree of freedom to conduct their own investigations. Those investigations would rightly be based on concrete legal standards, not wholly subjective measures of offensiveness.

Private corporations can ban whoever they like. But if companies like Facebook are eager to navigate speech controversies in good faith, they would do well to learn from the centuries of legal developments in American law. When creating a true marketplace of ideas, why not let the First Amendment be your guide?
Sounds like a much more reasonable standard than something as amorphous and subjective as "hate speech."

Ben Shapiro, who has been a target of personal attacks from Jones and thinks Jones is a vile person, also criticizes the decision by these companies to ban him. But, as Shapiro argues, the Left won't stop with Alex Jones.
But I’m far more concerned with social-media arbiters suddenly deciding that vague “hate speech” standards ought to govern our common spaces than I am with the daily dose of detritus distributed by this delirious dunce. Social-media giants had a choice here. If they wanted Jones gone, they could simply have defined a standard limit on the number of debunked conspiracy theories one could peddle on the site before being banned, or they could have created a standard prohibiting public threats.

Instead, they chose the most politically correct way of booting Jones: They claimed he’d violated undefined standards regarding “hate.” That’s why so many on the right are rushing to Jones’s defense — not because they like Jones or anything he stands for, but because the Left is happy to apply double standards under the rubric of “anti-hate measures.”

To see how, we only need to examine the last week of news. Sarah Jeong, the newest member of the New York Times editorial board, has tweeted dozens of times, in racist fashion, about white people. The Left defended Jeong, not on the grounds that the New York Times ought to ignore social-media mobbing, but on the grounds that people of color can’t be racist. Were Jeong white, the Left dutifully explained, she would justifiably be fired; but since she is an Asian-American graduate of Berkeley and Harvard Law School, she’s a victim of the white patriarchy, and thus fully entitled to use racist slurs to target those with less melanin in their skin. “Hate speech,” it seems, only runs one way.

And it only applies to particular viewpoints, too. Suggest that Caitlyn Jenner is a man, and you might be violating crucial social-media “hate speech” taboos; suggest that the Jews are bloodsucking demons, as Louis Farrakhan does, and the leaders of the Women’s March will still hobnob with you.

Is it any wonder, then, that conservatives don’t trust social-media hall monitors to apply their alleged rules with equal vigilance? It’s demonstrative of the echo chamber that is Silicon Valley that rather than going after Jones on some semblance of an objective standard, they went directly for the buzzwords that will be most popular among those who love Sarah Jeong.

Unfortunately, the informal implementation of left-wing “hate speech” standards will likely be only a precursor to far more devastating culture wars to come. That’s because the Left does not operate in good faith. People of rational mind agree that Jones is a never-ending font of silly garbage. But the Left won’t leave it at Jones, which is why the social-media giants didn’t craft an objective standard to apply.


Robby Soave also weighs in to argue that the issue isn't free speech, - after all, these are private companies -
but the "incoherence of 'hate speech.'"
Facebook doesn't actually need a reason to ban people from its platform. It can take virtually any action it thinks will improve the user experience. It could ban all conservatives tomorrow if it so desired.

Facebook did give a reason for banning Jones, though, and it's a fairly weak and ill-defined one. "As a result of reports we received, last week, we removed four videos on four Facebook Pages for violating our hate speech and bullying policies," the company explained. The problem was not that Jones was lying, or engaged in libel, or spreading fake news. The problem was hate speech. But we don't know which statements he made were deemed hateful, or why. We don't know if Jones is being singled out, or if anyone who said the things he said would be banned. We don't know if a statement has to be targeted at a particular person to count as bullying, or whether generic trutherism could fit the bill.

I'm saying this for a third time so that I'm not misunderstood: Facebook can define hate speech however it wants. I am criticizing the lack of clarity in its definition, not because I think the government should intervene, but because I am a user of Facebook who worries that a stronger anti-bullying policy will be difficult to apply evenly.

Jones has been engaged in the same shtick for years. I can't imagine that no one had ever complained about him before. So why now? What is so hateful or bullying about his speech that wasn't apparent last week? What prompted the clearly coordinated campaign to remove him from so many major publishing platforms?
Soave quotes what he wrote in response to Zuckerberg's comments that Holocaust deniers should not be banned from Facebook.
In our modern political discourse, Facebook plays a role very much akin to the public square: a massive one, involving the entire world. The arguments for letting nearly all voices—even deeply evil ones, provided they do not organize direct violence or harassment—be heard on this platform are the same arguments for not taking the European route on hate speech: Policing hate on a very large scale is quite difficult given the frequently subjective nature of offense; we risk de-platforming legitimate viewpoints that are unpopular but deserve to be heard; and ultimately, silencing hate is not the same thing as squelching it.
The story of what has happened with Alex Jones is a good trial of whether or not people believe anymore in the famous quote that Voltaire, apparently, never said, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Such an attitude has long been the classical liberal attitude toward freedom of speech. Sadly, it no longer is. Just about everyone can agree that Alex Jones is truly loathsome. Let him rant his ugliness. Let the courts proceed with the suit by the Sandy Hook parents. At least, if they're going to ban him, don't do it because of some ill-defined "hate speech." Do it because he has made reckless statements about the killings at Sandy Hook that have led to harassment of grieving parents by his rabid viewers. What is more important is the precedent that has been set and where it goes from here.


For an example of how those on the Left will band together to try to ban speech of which they disapprove, witness the recent story about how journalists pressured the Newseum, the museum devoted to freedom of the press, to stop selling T-shirts that say "Fake News." Their objection was that this was legitimizing Trump's attacks on the press. As Tunku Varadarajan points out, they were missing the history of the phrase which first arose by Trump's opponents to characterize how Trump and his supporters manipulated the news. Several months later Trump started using the phrase and was able to turn the tables on those criticizing him. But the media critics of Trump ignored that history and pressured the Newseum to stop selling the shirts.
This sweeping mea culpa leads one to wonder how well the folks at the Newseum know their history. “Fake news” isn’t Mr. Trump’s own coinage. He first tweeted the phrase on Dec. 10, 2016, several months after his media detractors had used it as a barb against him. The modern paternity of the phrase, in other words, lies with the people who wanted to kill off the T-shirt.

But its first recorded use predates the Trump presidency by some distance. On June 7, 1890, the Cincinnati Commercial Tribune headlined a story thus: “Secretary Brunnel declares that fake news about his people is being telegraphed over the country.”

That said, the main objection to the Newseum’s decision isn’t pedantic. It has misunderstood completely the semiotics of the T-shirt. Who takes a T-shirt’s text literally? Wearers put them on for all sorts of reasons, frequently in pursuit of irony. Donning a T-shirt that blares “Fake News” on its front can just as easily be a subversion of the idea—a slap at Mr. Trump—as an endorsement of it.

You’d think the guardians of journalism would get that—even as they strong-arm a museum dedicated to free speech to pull a T-shirt whose message they dislike.


Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono has decided to ask judicial nominees about their sexual history.
At the time, she claimed such questions were relevant because at least one judge had been accused of sexual harassment. The judge in question was Alex Kozinski – on the 9th Circuit – while the first judge Hirono asked these questions to was nominated to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Not that the difference matters, but it’s basically like someone from Facebook asking if you ever embezzled money because someone from Twitter was accused of doing so. Same industry, different companies, and using one incident to justify asking inappropriate questions....

Hirono in January asked Judge Kurt Engelhardt two questions about his sexual history designed to look like perjury if someone in the future accused him. Engelhardt was confirmed to the 5th Circuit despite Hirono’s questions, and has thus far not been accused of sexual misconduct.

During his senate hearing, Hirono asked Engelhardt the following:
Since you became a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors or committed any verbal or physical harassment or assault of a sexual nature?

As Woehrle and attorney Scott Greenfield have pointed out, this is an incredibly leading question that has two unrelated parts.

“This question deliberately lumps together two very different things,” Woehrle wrote. “A request to your spouse for sexual favors is not illegal, even if your spouse says he doesn’t want sex; by contrast, assault of a sexual nature certainly is illegal, and should preclude anyone who commits it from ever being a judge.”

But as anyone with commonsense would know, there is no way to know something is unwanted until you ask.

“Defenders of Senator Hirono’s questions say they are appropriate because she is asking about unwelcome sexual advances, and sexual harassment involves unwelcome sexual advances,” Woehrle wrote. “But that is as illogical as saying that because Aristotle is a man, all men are Aristotle. To be sexual harassment, sexual advances or other behavior must be ‘unwelcome.’ But that does not mean that all, or even most, unwelcome behavior is sexual harassment.”

Woehrle points out that courts have up held that to be sexual harassment in the legal sense, the unwelcome conduct “must be ‘severe or pervasive’ enough to create a hostile environment for a ‘reasonable person,’ based on their sex, and be ‘objectively offensive,’ not just subjectively unwelcome.”


Kamala Harris, who is all set to run for president in 2020, is fully embracing identity politics. She just doesn't want to call it that. But she's happy to advocate that Democrats should be choosing more women of color. And, by happy coincidence, she is a woman of color. Isn't that a wonderful coincidence?
“I have a problem, guys, with that phrase, ‘identity politics,’” Harris told the audience. “Because let’s be clear, when people say that, it’s a pejorative. That phrase is used to divide, and it is used to distract. Its purpose is to minimize and marginalize issues that impact all of us. It is used to try and shut us up.”

The left have become experts at flipping reality on its head, blaming others for the very behavior they project.

Harris launched into the discussion on identity politics after noting the Democrats “shouldn’t just be thanking women of color for electing progressive leaders in 2018, we should be electing women of color as those leaders.”

The California lawmaker declared Democrats “won’t be shut up, and we won’t be silenced” on issues like playing the race card, abortion and advocating for illegal immigrants.

“And let’s be clear these issues that they’re trying to diminish and demean are the very issues that will define our identity as Americans,” she concluded.
Who knew that our identity as Americans meant supporting abortion and illegal immigration?


One member of the Santa Cruz City Council has made a political gaffe by actually saying what he really believes.
A Santa Barbara city councilman inadvertently let slip the primary purpose of progressivism in 21st century America.

The city recently criminalized the use of plastic straws. Speaking to that issue, Councilman Jesse Dominguez said, “Unfortunately, common sense is just not common. We have to regulate every aspect of people’s lives.”

Got that? "We" are smarter than you and know what's best for you better than you do.
That isn't a conservative using hyperbole to characterize the progressive agenda - that's a politician stating what he believes the real goal is. Now he's apologizing for saying what he really thinks.
The comment sparked an immediate backlash from people who read the quote in Noozhawk and other local media, wondering “did he really say that?” Yes, he did, and on Tuesday, Dominguez apologized for the comment.
“I just wanted to apologize,” Dominguez said at the beginning of the meeting. “A few weeks ago I made a string of words in a rhetorical fashion about regulation and they were not taken as rhetorical and that’s my fault so I want to apologize.”

Steven Hayward comments,
Now, we do have to admit that the good councilman has a point about Santa Barbara citizens lacking common sense. He’s on the city council, after all. Sort of an inversion of the great rhetorical question both Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan liked to ask: “Sometimes it is said that man can not be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?”

But “string of words”? I know of a new editorial board member at the New York Times who will buy that, but otherwise I think everyone can understand exactly what the councilman believes. That “string of words” combines into a noose for individual liberty. And common sense. Here’s to hoping the voters of Santa Barbara recover their common sense and pull the string on Dominguez (and his “words”) at the next election, along with the other five knuckleheads who voted for the plastic straw ban.
Maybe he can address exactly which aspects of our lives he doesn't believe the government should regulate.


Tamara Berens explains how anti-Semitism is a chosen strategy of Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party's leadership. It's been clear for a while now that Corbyn has a history of hanging with anti-Semites and participating in anti-Israel activities. But Corbyn isn't apologizing or resigning as most politicians would have to do if even half of what has been made public about Corbyn's history had come to light. And other leaders of Labour with similarly ugly histories are remaining in leadership. It's clear that this is now a choice and that says a lot about the state of British politics.
erate action to sow discord with both the Jewish community and moderate Labour MPs. The Labour National Executive chose not to fully adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism used by the British government, Metropolitan Police, and many other institutions around the globe. They opted instead to omit examples of antisemitism relating to Israel from their definition, including guidance that calling the creation of Israel a racist endeavor is an antisemitic claim. After reacting to the Jewish community’s longstanding pleas for change with empty promises, the adoption of the IHRA definition in full was a prime opportunity for the Labour party to achieve an easy win. The choice to reject it should be seen as nothing less than a deliberate snub of British Jewry.

As well as snubbing the Jewish community, Jeremy Corbyn appears to be actively seeking the silencing of his internal political opponents. Margaret Hodge, a veteran Jewish Labour MP, recently publicly confronted Corbyn about his attitude towards antisemitism, accusing him of being a “racist and anti-Semite.” Ian Austin MP, supporter of the parliamentary Labour Friends of Israel group, also stood up for his values and made his disagreement with Corbyn’s rejection of the IHRA definition known. They are now both under formal investigations by the party and were sent letters threatening "disciplinary action."These investigations seem to be moving suspiciously more swiftly than those initiated by the party against Corbyn allies Ken Livingstone and Naz Shah.

Finally, an old video recently resurfaced of Jeremy Corbyn linking a terror attack in Egypt to “the hand of Israel.” The 2012 interview on Iranian-owned Press TV saw him pedal anti-Israel conspiracy theories in a discussion of a bombing where 16 Egyptian policemen were killed in the Sinai desert. His comments from 2012 were defended last week by a Labour party spokesperson, who asserted that his “speculation” had been factually based on previous Israeli actions in Egypt.
So why would he be doing all this? It could be that he's just an unreconstructed anti-Semite but it seems more like he's chosen this as a political strategy that he thinks will help Labour. It's also clear that Corbyn likes hanging with the sort of company that anti-Semitism puts him into.
Anti-Zionism—and by extension, giving credence to antisemites—is fundamental to the worldview Corbyn has cultivated on his journey to political stardom. For most of his political career, Corbyn was a fringe socialist politician and supporter of the USSR, Syria’s Assad, the Iranian Ayatollahs and Maduro’s Venezuela. After becoming Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn toned down some of this support for radical anti-Western groups. Nonetheless, he has consistently maintained his support for anti-Zionist causes. What’s undoubtable is that throughout his career, his ultimate goal has remained the same; rejecting Western values and embracing the alliance between radical socialists and Islamists in a strategic bid to normalize and implement socialism in the UK.

Politically, Corbyn’s strategy is working: According to a recent YouGov poll, 61 percent of the party believes Corbyn is handling accusations of antisemitism well. And 80 percent of the party deems him a good leader overall. The events of the past few weeks indicate that the Labour leadership has been able to build on their apparent success to formally distance themselves from the overwhelmingly Zionist British-Jewish community. This perhaps became most apparent last Friday, when Jeremy Corbyn published another article in The Guardian disregarding his part in normalizing antisemitism in the party. The piece came out at 5pm, when the majority of Jews in the country were busy preparing for the Sabbath.

The reality is that support from the Jewish community is no longer an indispensable part of the Labour party. In fact, Corbyn’s foreign policy—a large aspect of his political differences to Blair’s Labour—rests on weakening UK-Israel relations. Corbyn has constructed a successful strategy for claiming the Labour party as his own socialist vehicle for disruption of the Western liberal order. Labeling recent events a “scandal” greatly underestimates the strategic nature of his leadership.


If you live in Washington D.C., as my daughters do, and already hate the Metro, now there is an additional reason to be contemptuous of how the Metro is being run.
All of the new 7000 Series rail cars on Washington D.C.’s Metrorail subway system must undergo repairs to replace the cars’ wiring, a new report says.

According to a review conducted by Metro’s Quality Assurance, Internal Compliance & Oversight office, the wire crimping on the cars was not correctly completed. The flawed wiring has and has been a factor in issues with the rail cars and can lead to major delays.

As a result, all of the 548 new rail cars currently in service must undergo repairs that are likely to take a full year to complete. The review determined that Metro did not demand Kawasaki, who was manufacturing the rail cars, to conduct relevant quality checks.
More delays - oh, joy. How can the leaders of Metro not demand quality checks?

I lived in D.C. when the Metro system was built and first opened. At the time, I was so very impressed at its design and how it operated. It was so clean compared to other cities' older systems. It's still clean, but it seems to have slow-downs and gets shut down on some routes way too often.
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Old Testament: Nehemiah 7

Nehemiah 7 (Listen)

Now when the wall had been built and I had set up the doors, and the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed, I gave my brother Hanani and Hananiah the governor of the castle charge over Jerusalem, for he was a more faithful and God-fearing man than many. And I said to them, “Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot. And while they are still standing guard, let them shut and bar the doors. Appoint guards from among the inhabitants of Jerusalem, some at their guard posts and some in front of their own homes.” The city was wide and large, but the people within it were few, and no houses had been rebuilt.

Lists of Returned Exiles

Then my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles and the officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogy. And I found the book of the genealogy of those who came up at the first, and I found written in it:

These were the people of the province who came up out of the captivity of those exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried into exile. They returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his town. They came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah.

The number of the men of the people of Israel: the sons of Parosh, 2,172. The sons of Shephatiah, 372. 10 The sons of Arah, 652. 11 The sons of Pahath-moab, namely the sons of Jeshua and Joab, 2,818. 12 The sons of Elam, 1,254. 13 The sons of Zattu, 845. 14 The sons of Zaccai, 760. 15 The sons of Binnui, 648. 16 The sons of Bebai, 628. 17 The sons of Azgad, 2,322. 18 The sons of Adonikam, 667. 19 The sons of Bigvai, 2,067. 20 The sons of Adin, 655. 21 The sons of Ater, namely of Hezekiah, 98. 22 The sons of Hashum, 328. 23 The sons of Bezai, 324. 24 The sons of Hariph, 112. 25 The sons of Gibeon, 95. 26 The men of Bethlehem and Netophah, 188. 27 The men of Anathoth, 128. 28 The men of Beth-azmaveth, 42. 29 The men of Kiriath-jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, 743. 30 The men of Ramah and Geba, 621. 31 The men of Michmas, 122. 32 The men of Bethel and Ai, 123. 33 The men of the other Nebo, 52. 34 The sons of the other Elam, 1,254. 35 The sons of Harim, 320. 36 The sons of Jericho, 345. 37 The sons of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, 721. 38 The sons of Senaah, 3,930.

39 The priests: the sons of Jedaiah, namely the house of Jeshua, 973. 40 The sons of Immer, 1,052. 41 The sons of Pashhur, 1,247. 42 The sons of Harim, 1,017.

43 The Levites: the sons of Jeshua, namely of Kadmiel of the sons of Hodevah, 74. 44 The singers: the sons of Asaph, 148. 45 The gatekeepers: the sons of Shallum, the sons of Ater, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Akkub, the sons of Hatita, the sons of Shobai, 138.

46 The temple servants: the sons of Ziha, the sons of Hasupha, the sons of Tabbaoth, 47 the sons of Keros, the sons of Sia, the sons of Padon, 48 the sons of Lebana, the sons of Hagaba, the sons of Shalmai, 49 the sons of Hanan, the sons of Giddel, the sons of Gahar, 50 the sons of Reaiah, the sons of Rezin, the sons of Nekoda, 51 the sons of Gazzam, the sons of Uzza, the sons of Paseah, 52 the sons of Besai, the sons of Meunim, the sons of Nephushesim, 53 the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Hakupha, the sons of Harhur, 54 the sons of Bazlith, the sons of Mehida, the sons of Harsha, 55 the sons of Barkos, the sons of Sisera, the sons of Temah, 56 the sons of Neziah, the sons of Hatipha.

57 The sons of Solomon's servants: the sons of Sotai, the sons of Sophereth, the sons of Perida, 58 the sons of Jaala, the sons of Darkon, the sons of Giddel, 59 the sons of Shephatiah, the sons of Hattil, the sons of Pochereth-hazzebaim, the sons of Amon.

60 All the temple servants and the sons of Solomon's servants were 392.

61 The following were those who came up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer, but they could not prove their fathers' houses nor their descent, whether they belonged to Israel: 62 the sons of Delaiah, the sons of Tobiah, the sons of Nekoda, 642. 63 Also, of the priests: the sons of Hobaiah, the sons of Hakkoz, the sons of Barzillai (who had taken a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite and was called by their name). 64 These sought their registration among those enrolled in the genealogies, but it was not found there, so they were excluded from the priesthood as unclean. 65 The governor told them that they were not to partake of the most holy food until a priest with Urim and Thummim should arise.

Totals of People and Gifts

66 The whole assembly together was 42,360, 67 besides their male and female servants, of whom there were 7,337. And they had 245 singers, male and female. 68 Their horses were 736, their mules 245,1 69 their camels 435, and their donkeys 6,720.

70 Now some of the heads of fathers' houses gave to the work. The governor gave to the treasury 1,000 darics2 of gold, 50 basins, 30 priests' garments and 500 minas3 of silver.4 71 And some of the heads of fathers' houses gave into the treasury of the work 20,000 darics of gold and 2,200 minas of silver. 72 And what the rest of the people gave was 20,000 darics of gold, 2,000 minas of silver, and 67 priests' garments.

73 So the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, some of the people, the temple servants, and all Israel, lived in their towns.

And when the seventh month had come, the people of Israel were in their towns.

Footnotes

[1] 7:68 Compare Ezra 2:66 and the margins of some Hebrew manuscripts; Hebrew lacks Their horses . . . 245
[2] 7:70 A daric was a coin weighing about 1/4 ounce or 8.5 grams
[3] 7:70 A mina was about 1 1/4 pounds or 0.6 kilogram
[4] 7:70 Probable reading; Hebrew lacks minas of silver

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Psalm: Psalm 36

Psalm 36 (Listen)

How Precious Is Your Steadfast Love

To the choirmaster. Of David, the servant of the LORD.

36   Transgression speaks to the wicked
    deep in his heart;1
  there is no fear of God
    before his eyes.
  For he flatters himself in his own eyes
    that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
  The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit;
    he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
  He plots trouble while on his bed;
    he sets himself in a way that is not good;
    he does not reject evil.
  Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.
  Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
    your judgments are like the great deep;
    man and beast you save, O LORD.
  How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
    The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
  They feast on the abundance of your house,
    and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
  For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light do we see light.
10   Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
    and your righteousness to the upright of heart!
11   Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me,
    nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12   There the evildoers lie fallen;
    they are thrust down, unable to rise.

Footnotes

[1] 36:1 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Syriac, Jerome (compare Septuagint); most Hebrew manuscripts in my heart

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New Testament: Mark 14

Mark 14 (Listen)

The Plot to Kill Jesus

14 It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him, for they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people.”

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,1 as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii2 and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

Judas to Betray Jesus